Subject: UNOTIL's Daily Media Review 8 December 2005

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Daily Media Review

Thursday, 08 December 2005

National Media Reports

Lopez Guterres: President Gusmão's statement on CAVR's report creates conflict

Speaking at a Press Conference at the office of CAVR, Aniceto Guterres Lopes told media that President Gusmão's statement about CAVR's report is only creating conflict, Diario Tempo reported. He added that in order to better understand the report, its context and reasons, it is better for those who are not satisfied with the CAVR report to read it thoroughly in order to understand the mandate given to CAVR. By saying this, Mr Lopes does not mean to imply that President Gusmão has not read the report because President Gusmão's view is a political one. But, he reminded others (including the public) not to just read the report bit by bit before drawing a conclusion. He added that CAVR's mandate itself is a political one that is called reconciliation and accountability. Therefore, what CAVR has been doing is collecting facts regarding violation of human rights, the factors of the violation, such as internal factors which relate to the immaturity of the Timorese during those time of the conflict, and external factors, which relate to Indonesia's invasion of Timor-Leste.

Aniceto Guterres Lopes stated that since CAVR's work is about accountability, there should be justice for the perpetrators of human rights. In relation to the report of CAVR, Diario Tempo quoted the director of Yayasan HAK (human rights foundation), Jose Luis who stated that truth and justice could only be realised if there is justice otherwise conflict may still arise. When asked about the circulating statement that reconciliation is more important than anything, Jose Luis replied that, "If there is reconciliation then there should be justice as well". He added that CAVR's report which President Gusmão presented to the government should not be treated silently like a project report but it should be made public otherwise it would affect those who were affected by their loss and experiences. When asked about President Gusmão's dissatisfaction on CAVR's report, Jose Luis stated that he understands President Gusmão's position on the national interest but it is such an abstract thing and Timor-Leste itself does not have a clear definition on the matter yet. (DT)

TVTL News Monitoring

President Gusmão Inaugurated Resistance Museum: After inaugurating the museum, President Gusmão stated that the museum is significant for the people because they can come and see the archives to understand the history of resistance of Timor-Leste. The President was accompanied by the Prime Minister and President of the National Parliament. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister told journalists that the Government has the fund for the maintenance of the museum but that requires qualified people. At the same place, President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres "Lu Olo" said it was important to have the museum because it registers the glorious history of Timor-Leste. The Chief of Staff of the Defence Force, F-FDTL, Col. Lere Anan Timor praised the initiative of the President because he said that will ensure the history will not be removed from the hearts of all Timorese. Commander Falur Rate Laek, of F-FDTL, meanwhile, asked all people to respect the sacrifices of all those who died for the liberation of Timor-Leste.

December Commemoration: In commemorating the day when Indonesian forces invaded East Timor in 1975, some NGOS and students held a long march from the UNTL Caicoli campus to throw flowers into the sea in front of the Government Palace on Wednesday, TVTL reported. The demonstrators reportedly demanded the establishment of an International Tribunal to bring to justice those who committed human rights violations in Timor-Leste. Speaking after the opening ceremony of the Resistance museum, President Xanana Gusmao reportedly told journalists that he considered the 7 December as a national day but that people should not look back but to look forward to the future.

PNTL Joins UN Contingent: Ten PNTL officers were bid farewell on Wednesday at the police Headquarters in Dili. The officers were selected to join the UN mission in Kosovo. The Interior remony, Minister Lobato told journalists that these officers will represent the image of Timor-Leste abroad and that if they performed well, Timor-Leste will gain the trust of the International community, especially the United Nations.

Heroes Monument in Mota Ulun: Meanwhile, to coincide with the commemoration of 7 December, the population of Aldeia Mota Ulun, in Becora Dili, built a heroes' monument to honour all the fallen heroes from that hamlets. The monument was reportedly inaugurated by the State Secretary for Veterans issues, David Dias Ximenes and was also attended by SRSG, Sukehiro Hasegawa.

National News Sources Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional Seminario Lia Foun (LF) Televisaun Timor-Leste [TVTL]

These Items Do Not Reflect the Position or Views of the United Nations. UNOTIL Public Information Office

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