Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring Jan 12, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring Jan 12, 2004


Indonesian immigration authorities deport two East Timorese nationals

Atambua - Indonesian immigration authorities deported two East Timorese nationals, on Sunday and the East Timorese side deported Indonesian citizens through the Mota`ain immigration checkpoint, Belu district, East Nusa Tenggara. The Atambua immigration office deported Jose Filipe Freitas da Carvalho (30) from Comoro, Dili, and Rogerio Amaral (25) from Viqueque district, East Timor, for violating immigration regulations. The office said Carvalho was deported for overstaying his permit, while Amaral was deported after he was sentenced to 11 months in jail for illegally entering the Indonesian territory in February 2003.


Government has set up priorities

During a workshop organized by International Institute for Asian Studies (IASI) in Lisbon the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Ramos Horta, said that the Government of Timor-Leste has set a priority for people with technical studies and medicine that is much needed in Timor-Leste.

Reconciliation with shake start in 2003

A member of the Reconciliation Committee from the cabinet of the President, Feliciano da Costa, said that the first six months of 2003 was a very difficult for the reconciliation committee. He added however that after the meeting in Salele everything went smoothly as they planned. Mr da Costa also said that the most difficult reconciliation meeting was after the incident at where the National Police shot and killed a member of the militia in Batugade. He added that intimidation at the refugees camp was one of the major causes for the people not to return.

CPD-RDTL rejects UN continuos presence in TL

The Coordinator of CPD-RDTL, Antonio Ai-Tahan Matak, said that he does not accept the recommendation given by the Secretary General to the Security Council to extend the current UNMISET mission mandate until 2007. He added that the agreement was to end its mission in May 2004.

Those who create instability are not nationalists, says Goncalves

A Member of the National Parliament, Joao Goncalves, said that false information and rumours circulating in Timor-Leste about militia infiltration are generated by the illegal groups in the country. He added that these groups are showing no moral responsibility and he said they are not nationalists. Mr Goncalves also said that such talk of militias is dangerous and the Government needs to take urgent and concrete measures to stop these illegal groups' activities.

Warning to fishermen using home made bombs

The Sub-District Administrator of Baucau, Olivio Freitas, said that there are some "hard headed" fishermen who have been warned, but who are still using home made bombs to catch fish and destroying the coral reefs. He added that those who continually used this method will not get any support from him.

Aituha primary school with lack of facilities

The Director of the Aituha Primary School in the District of Manufahe, Pedro da Costa, said that for the last four years, the school has been operating with very limited chairs and tables to accommodate one hundred students and three teachers. Mr da Costa also said that in the only three class rooms in operation, the floors are not even cemented and the walls are made of planks. He added that the school does not have text books for the pupils.

Wandering animals will be taken to F-FDTL

The Dili District Administrator, Ruben Joao Braz de Carvalho, said that after five years of independence, people are still not penning up their animals. He added that something needs to be done to stop the animals running freely throughout the city. Mr de Carvalho said that he is giving the owners an opportunity to pen their animals before his operation team start catching the wandering pigs and goats. Captured animals will be delivered to hospitals, the police, orphanages and the F-FDTL.

From East Timor, with Love and Condolences

She said it straight: "I present my words of condolence to you on behalf of the people of East Timor, and my husband, the President of East Timor." So said East Timor's first lady Kirsty Sword Gusmao, who arrived in Korea on Friday and visited the home of the late Sergeant Choi Hee, who died in East Timor while performing peacekeeping duties. In March 2003, Choi was swept away while he was fording a river with four other soldiers. When visiting the dead soldier's family Gusmao said their son died while serving for the development of East Timor and would be long remembered in the hearts of the East Timorese.

Timor Post

25% cows are fatter ? says Ximenes

The Vice Minister of Development and Environment, Abel Ximenes, said that the fattening program for cows and buffalos has been a successful with 25% of them getting fatter. He added that the program has been implemented in Loes with 50 of his men looking after 101 cows and buffalos. Mr Ximenes said that in three to four months the farmers will be able to sell the rest 75% of cows and buffalos who are getting considerable weight.

Continued UN presence is a consensus decision - says Alkatiri

The Bishop Belo's appeal for a continued UN presence in Timor-Leste reflects a consensus which has been reached by the Government, the President and the Parliament said Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri. Dr Alkatiri said that the question now is to determine a model for the UN role for the future support. He added that the new mission would not be like UNMISET, in which the UN had authority over PNTL and F-FDTL. Dr Alkatiri also said that the new mission would focus in supporting the Government in areas that still need assistance.

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