Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 8 April 2005

[Poster's note: Long repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list have been removed.]

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Friday, 8 April 2005

NGO calls on Indonesian President to discuss Timor Gap with Australia

The West Timor Awareness Foundation (YPTB) says it regrets the stance taken by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for failing to discuss the ownership of the Timor Gap during his recent visit to Australia. YPTB Director Ferdi Tanoni says that President Yudhoyono should have been brave enough to bring up this matter for further discussion between Indonesia, Australia and Timor-Leste.

“As de facto, the majority of sources in the Timor Gap are in the waters of Indonesia,” stated Tanoni. YPTB’s Director also spoke out against the arrest and torture of many Indonesian fishermen in the Timor Sea, whose boats have also been destroyed. According to Tanoni, Indonesia must soon push for a new ratification of all agreements related to the possession of the Timor Gap and re-arrange the median line so that Indonesia will receive parts of oil exploration. (Tempo)

President Gusmão threatens to resign if demonstrations are held against SBY visit and urges Timor-Leste to look to future

President Xanana Gusmão has threatened to resign if a local non-governmental organization (NGO) and the families of the victims stage a protest against the visit of the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudohyono. During a press conference, President Gusmão stressed that he has been elected as the President of Timor-Leste by the population and not by one or two groups. Therefore, if any protests are staged against the Indonesian President he would resign and let the President of the National Parliament take over the position.

President Gusmão also urged the people of Timor-Leste to look to the future rather than keep talking and focussing on the past. (Timor Post)

MP Gonsalves urges TL Government to include discussion on rights of former Indonesian civil servants

Member of Parliament João Gonsalves has expressed his disagreement with the Government of Timor-Leste for excluding the issue of former Indonesian civil servant during discussions with the President of Indonesia. MP Gonsalves argued that based on the agreement of 5 May 1999, the issue regarding the rights of former Indonesian civil servants is the responsibility of the Indonesian and Portuguese governments as well as the UN. Therefore, the Government of Timor-Leste needs to continue to defend the issue by making efforts to discuss it during the meeting.

In a separate article in the Timor Post, Timor-Leste’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Arlindo Marcal, stated that the issue regarding payment to former Indonesian civil servants has never been included in the agenda during meetings sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Timor Post)

Australian Ambassador supports UN Mission in Timor-Leste

Australia’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Margaret Twomey, is reported in the Timor Post today as saying that it is a misunderstanding to think that the Australian government does not want a UN mission in Timor-Leste. She said the Australian government has told the UN Security Council that it would like to see another UN mission without a peacekeeping component but more concentrated on developmental issues, such as governance, police and military, and the court system. (Timor Post)

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