Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring March 3, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring March 3, 2004


KAMALESH Sharma admits failures in Police training

The Special Representative for SRSG, Kamalesh Sharma, admits that the criticism made by Amnesty International of the local police was correct because the National Police Force had not received proper training, and did not follow the international standards. Mr Sharma said that the Amnesty International report points to failure in areas like guns handling and training. He said these did not follow international standards and the UN did not follow it up with remedial action.

Australia will finance CAVR

The Vice Consul of Australia in Timor-Leste, Tanya Burke, said that the Government of Australia, through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) will give financial support of AUD$ 150.000 (US$ 118,380) to the Reception Truth and Reconciliation Commission to continue with its work of reconciliation. She said that the work of the CAVR is important to maintain stability and peace in Timor-Leste.

Foundation of a nation comes through the economy, says Rees

The Untied States Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Joseph Grover Rees, said that the economy is very important to a country like Timor-Leste as a new nation. He said that it needs lots of training and practice before this country can achieve clear results.

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Feasibility study on Greater Sunrise

The Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that the Government will double its efforts to have part of the Greater Sunrise exploration rights and rewards deviated to Timor-Leste. He said that before it can be done, a feasibility study needs to be done to see whether extraction from this field is technically possible. Dr Alkatiri said that the feasibility study will also tell whether it is possible to have pipes set up to run from the Greater Sunrise field to Timor-Leste where the raw materials could be processed.

USA gives support to Timor Sea

During a ceremony to sign an accord with the Government of Timor-Leste the United States Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Grover Joseph Rees, said that the United States will support the exploration of oil and gas in Timor sea with an amount of USD$ 644,000.

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