Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring June 8, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 8, 2004

Timor Post

Government readying oil, natural resources legislative package

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the Government is drafting the legislation for its oil and natural gas sector and will present the bill to Parliament in the next few weeks. The Prime Minister said that the bill, dubbed the Petroleum and Natural Resources Law, would create the legal framework for the sale of exploration licenses through international tenders to foreign and national companies.

National Police Force credibility must be re-established

The National Police Force Superintendent, Paulo de Fatima Martins, said that the management of the Police Institution took a decision to condemn the nine police officers involved in the sexual abuse of an 18-year-old girl, as a way to lift the credibility of the police among the community. Mr Martins said he hopes that the actions taken against the nine officers would serve as a lesson for other institutions as well. He said that although the court decided to release some of them, the police institution is also taking measures against the officers, to provide more training to enable them to understand their role.

Timor-Leste and Indonesia discuss border issue

Today's edition of the paper reports that the Governments of Timor-Leste and Indonesia Technical Sub-Committee met in Bali to discuss the border demarcation between the two countries. The newspaper says that both countries have reached an agreement on 90% of the demarcation border.

PSD walks out after submitting proposal

Today's edition of the newspaper reports that the Opposition Parties at the National Parliament, PSD, PD, PPT, KOTA,PST and UDT submitted a petition requesting the presence of the Minister of State, Ana Pessoa, to explain the cause for suspension of the public civil servants in the District of Covalima, Suai. The paper reports that after the petition was submitted for vote the Social Democratic Party (PSD) walk out. According to the newspaper some members of Democratic Party (PD) also walk out. A Member of the National Parliament for PSD, Maria Paixão, said that her party did not vote because the majority party at the Parliament violated the article within the internal regiment. (Does not say how they violated the articles in the regiment).

CAVR report ready by October

The President of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (CAVR), Aniceto Guterres Lopes, said that the final report of the of CAVR will be presented to the National Parliament in October. He said that the report contains data collected from hearings around the country, and a recommendation to the Government (before CAVR shuts down definitely).

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Meeting electricity consumers in MauFahe

The Secretary of State for Electricity and Water, Egidio de Jesus, said that meeting consumers is needed to be able to explain the importance of their contribution to pay the electricity bills. He said that now that the generator is repaired, the District of ManuFahe should follow the example of other three Districts, Aileu, Atauro and Maubisse, where everyone pays their bills.

RESPECT a good example for the community

The head of the village in the District of Ainaro, Agapito Fatima Martins, said that the RESPECT program is teaching the community to think as part of the process for the development of Timor-Leste. He said that they cannot expect only the Government to give them food, but they themselves have to take initiative and help the country.

Police attend workshop on HIV/AIDS

A representative from the Embassy of Ireland in Timor-Leste, Fernando Mendonça, said that the workshop on HIV/AIDS conducted for 25 members of the Police Force was to create awareness and how to prevent being infected by the deadly virus. He said that the workshop will also be conducted in the Districts of Viqueque, CovaLima, Ainaro and Oe-Cussi.

Timor Telecom silent

The Administrator of Timor Telecom in Timor-Leste (TT), Jose Rodrigues Jardim, said that Timor Telecom central was not able to make connection with the outside world all day yesterday, due to technical problems caused by shortage of power. He said that TT apologizes for the disruption that caused havoc within the business community.

Jose Filipe
External Affairs
World Bank, Dili Office

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