Subject: UNOTIL's Daily Media Review 09 Dec 2005


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Daily Media Review

Friday, 09 December 2005

National Media Reports

Resistance Archive Museum Important for Timor: Gusmão

President Gusmão inaugurated the Resistance Archive Museum in Dili on Wednesday, 7th December and appealed to the Timorese people still holding documents and anything pertaining to the resistance to archive in the museum rather than keeping it at home. Gusmão appealed to the elder generation to take their children to visit the museum in order for them to know about the history of Timor-Leste, adding that the programme for the archives are not yet complete. Dozens of former combatants, diplomatic corps, members of parliament, government representatives witnessed the inauguration of the Arquivo e Museu da Reistência Timorense (AMRT) described by the Portuguese historian José Mattoso in the "lulik" context (meaning "sacred" in Tetum). A total of 12,000 documents, about half of the existing documents, have been transformed to digital format. The process of collecting the documents began in 2002 when archives belonging to commandant [Nino] Konis Santana were discovered in Mirtuto, Ermera District. Foundations Xanana Gusmão, Mario Soares and Oriente, Caixa Geral de Depositos, Ensul, Instituto Camoes, Timor Telecom, Veterans and Resistance Association and Lusa News agency have sponsored the project. (TP, Lusa, STL, DN)

7th of December Commemorated with Demonstration

7 December is the date that Indonesia invaded Timor-Leste in 1975. On that day this year, Timorese and in particular Timorese youth in Dili commemorated the anniversary with a range of activities, including a demonstration, a speaker's podium, and scattering of flowers at the port, the site of many Timorese deaths in the past. Spokesperson for the Timor-Leste Students Front, Sisto dos Santos said that the objective of the speaker's podium was to put forward a range of perspectives on the struggle for justice, and to demonstrate to the public and the United Nations that the Timorese people are very concerned with the struggle for justice. He said that the Timorese people and in particular the students believe that justice is not just represented in self-determination but that the perpetrators of the crimes must be taken to an international tribunal. He added that justice should not be a political compromise but that it must be something based on the law. (TP)

HIV/AIDS Congress Important Step: Araújo

The HIV/AIDS Congress is an important step for the development of activities to counter the HIV/AIDS virus in Timor-Leste. According to Minister of Health Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo, speaking on Tuesday at the two-day Congress, the Congress is a positive step for the Ministry of Health in countering the virus. In the closing session of the Congress, the Minister reminded participants that the Congress had arrived at ten important points to follow in the campaign, as well as in relation to the projects that they have implemented in the past three years. (TP)

TFC Closes Eye to RDTL Constitution (DN)

The organizing committee for the national dialogue, Fr. Martinho G da Silva Gusmão reportedly said, according to him there are manipulations in interpreting the Constitution and legislation of Timor-Leste, which would become worst to the legal system citing as an example the TFC neglect of the article 160. Fr. Gusmão said that to date the National Parliament has not ratified the CVA and that the commission has not mentioned the possibilities of establishing a formal justice in order to realise substantial justice. He noted that CVA has only put their interest on politics and into one group and are only interested in the truth and friendship between the peoples, Indonesia and Timor-Leste. "We see a political arrogance from TFC to write about the truth as a new paradigm of which they are the only ones that want and trust. Fr. Martinho Gusmão said the social impact upon the people is that TFC want to forget and close the victims and their families wounded hearts relating to 1999 and the commission is not looking to the victims interest about the "truth". He said the "establishing of the National Committee is to focus on the political of discourse to find and open a better process and political communication with conditions for compassion between those in the TFC and the victims and their families and all the people who has goodwill to speak correctly and from the heart".

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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