Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring June 11-14, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring June 11- 14, 2004

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Timorese workers under attack, said Fernandes

The Vice- President of the National Parliament, Jacob Fernandes, said that the Government should pay attention to the attack perpetrated against Timorese workers in Northern Ireland. Mr Fernandes said that although Timor-Leste does not have a diplomatic office in Northern Ireland, it should put Dili's representation in Brussels in charge of the issue. Mr Fernandes said that many Timorese who work in Northern Ireland hold Portuguese passports, and they have called Dili's attention for the need to have an office in Northern Ireland.

Bishop Belo in Mozambique

Today's edition of the paper says that the former Bishop of the Diocese of Dili, Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, has left Timor-Leste to be a missionary in Mozambique, citing sources of the Salesian Congregation in Rome.

Loriku airline to start operating in July

Today's edition of the newspaper says that the Timorese company Loriku Airlines is expected to start operating at the beginning of July. According to the managing director of the company, Loriku Airlines first routes will connect Dili to Denpasar and Surabaya using two airplanes. A third airplane would be soon arriving in TL.

Timor Post

90 days to legalize your visa

The Minister of Interior, Rogério Tiago Lobato, said at a press conference held in Dili, that the Government of Timor-Leste would grant foreigners 90 days to get their status legalized in the country. Mr Lobato said that after that they run the risk of being expelled from the country. The Minister said that the new emigration law was prepared by his department and by the Foreign Ministry, with the assistance of Portuguese advisors working for UNMISET.

F-FDTL chief of staff on the Military Police

The Chief of Staff for F-FDTL, Colonel Lere Anan Timor, said that Timor-Leste military authorities are planning to establish a Military Police in order to control members of F-FDTL and PNTL. Colonel Lere said that the Military Police would consist of thirty members, and would be selected by the F-FDTL.

Violence dominates in the District of Ermera

The Commandant of the National police Force in the District of Ermera, Mariano Martins, said that violence still dominates Ermera district because of economic and social factors. Mr Martins made the statement during a ceremony of RESPECT to hand over certificates to seven coordinators of the project in Ermera.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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