Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring September 2, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring September 2, 2004

Timor Post

POLRI liaison officer in Timor-Leste

The newspaper reports that the Indonesian Government has sent a Senior Police (POLRI) Liaison Officer to be stationed in Dili for two years. According to the newspaper, Minton Mariaty arrived in Dili on August 27 and has met with the PNTL Commissioner, Paulo de Fatima Martins. The newspaper says that Mariaty?s task in Timor-Leste is to liaise with the local police regarding any problems between Indonesians and Timor-Leste citizens in the country, and to establish good cooperation between POLRI and PNTL.

Humans resources needed, says Araujo

The minister of Health, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo, said that to be able implement the health program in Timor-Leste more human resources are needed to be able to cover the entire country. The Minister said that otherwise it will be difficult to respond to the demands, especially from the rural and remote areas. The Minister said that there are many nurses and midwives working throughout the country already, but the challenge is to fill the gap in remote and rural areas.


PNTL faces many challenges, says Barris

Speaking at the opening ceremony for training the trainers of PNTL officers in Dili, the Vice Minister of the Interior, Alcino Barris, said that although there are many challenges faced by the police, the academy is a place where the police could develop and further their training. According to the newspaper, the Vice Minister said that PNTL was only established in the last two years and has faced many challenges, and he hopes the training will bring more credibility to the institution. Twenty-two PNTL officers, among them one woman, will participate in the train the trainers program which will be conducted by 3 Malaysian police instructors.

Training course for midwives

Today's edition of the paper reports that the Ministry of Health has started a course for midwives in Dili. During the opening ceremony the Minister of Health, Dr Rui Maria de Araujo, said that his Ministry is implementing the national development plan in the health sector with limitations but one of the priorities is to reduce the maternal mortality and morbidity rates. The minister said that the 30 newly recruited midwives will be posted in the Districts and will return to the Districts when the course ends.(The paper does not say how long the training is going for)

Same growing tea

Today's edition of the newspaper reports that a group called Tea Growers Xalala Cablaki Agriculture is growing tea in Hatohei, Suco Rotuto in the Sub-District of Same, District of Manufahe. According to the newspaper the Tea Growers received an amount of USD$ 1, 670 from Colombia University, an NGO operating in Timor-Leste. The coordinator of the Tea Growers, Jorge da Silva, said that the group is growing tea on two hectares of land, and will expand it to five hectares when they produce good quality of tea.

Hatu-Builico almost a year without electricity

The Sub-District Administrator of Hatu-Builico, District of Ainaro, Manuel Martins de Carvalho, said that Hato-Builico has been without electricity for almost one year now. He said that during the Open governance people presented their grievances to the Ministers, but people are still sitting in the dark every night.

Sydney Morning Herald

Solo canoe protest: American all at sea

An American canoeist has again set sail for Indonesia, apparently in a protest against Prime Minister John Howard and US President George W Bush. Northern Territory police yesterday launched a massive air search for the 38-year-old man after he set out from Dundee Beach near Darwin about 11pm on Monday without safety gear and wearing only shorts and a t-shirt. The man's six-metre canoe was spotted by police on Bathurst Island, about 150km north of Darwin, yesterday afternoon. However, he did not stay on the island long enough for police to reach him, a police spokeswoman said today. Locals on the island said the man had again headed out into the Timor Sea in his six-metre canoe, reportedly after being told he was not in Indonesia. Police will make a decision this morning whether to continue their search for the man. The man apparently told locals before leaving the mainland he was unhappy with Prime Minister John Howard and the presidents of Indonesia and the United States and was going to Indonesia to take action.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 0554 Tel: 332 4649 Email:

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