Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 18 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 Monday, 18 April 2005

Alkatiri comments on ethnic divisions in Timor-Leste

At a graduation ceremony for more than 250 new recruits of Timor-Leste’s defense force, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said that the military is an institution of the people and must not be fraught with ethnic divisions between the east and west of the country.

At the ceremony, attended by a number of senior government and UN officials, the President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres said that the task of Timor-Leste’s defense force is to defend the nation’s sovereignty, the people and the state. (Timor Post, STL)

Russia and Turkey present credentials to Timor-Leste’s President

Timor-Leste’s President Xanana Gusmão was presented with the credentials of both the ambassadors of Russia and Turkey. The new Russian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Mikhail Bely, said that Russia is providing important assistance to Timor-Leste through the UN Security Council as well as to UNMISET through the areas of transport, military, and police observers. The Ambassador said that he and President Gusmão discussed the possibility of bilateral cooperation between Russia and Timor-Leste. (Timor Post, STL)

Alkatiri congratulates population on general clean-up

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri has congratulated those who participated in the clean-up campaign last Friday, which aimed at eradicating the breeding places for Dengue mosquitoes. The Prime Minister, along with the Minister for Planning and Finance, the Secretary of State for Defence, and the Inspector General participated in the event in various areas of Dili. Members of Timor-Leste’s police and military also assisted in the clean-up. (Timor Post)

Member of martial arts group stabbed to death

Tobias de Jesus, a member of the martial arts group ‘Kera Sakti’, was stabbed on Saturday evening in Comoro. It’s not yet known who was responsible for the stabbing. Meanwhile, on Saturday evening members of the Timor-Leste police and defence forces were involved in a brawl, which resulted in four civilians being injured. (STL)

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