Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 25 January 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Tuesday, 25 January 2005

President Launched CAQR’s Activities

President Xanana Gusmão officially launched the activities of the Commission for Former Members of the Resistance (CAQR). The Commission has been tasked with collecting data on individual members, who were part of the resistance during the struggle for the country’s independence. The data collected will help the nation honour these individuals as has been enshrined in the Constitution. It will also give historians the opportunity to properly write the history of the struggle for freedom in Timor-Leste so that future generations will be fully aware of it. The activities of the Commission will be funded by the Government of Ireland. (Timor Post)

Parliamentarians: Police Misbehaviour is Due To Inadequate Training

KOTA Party representative Manuel Tilman told a plenary session at the National Parliament that the misbehaviour of PNTL officers is due to the lack of training.

Commenting on the same subject, Vice President of the Parliament’s Commission B responsible for Security and Foreign Affairs, Clementino dos Reis do Amaral, said ”We should not only focus our attention on the police officers but also on those who are in charge of them.” Both Fretilin representative Norberto Espirito Santo and Democratic Party (PD) representative José Nominando Buras also expressed their concern with the behaviour of some police officers. (Timor Post)

Clementino dos Reis Amaral: If Electricity, Justice and Stability are Not In Place, It Will Stop Investors Comin To Timor-Leste

Vice President of the Parliament’s Commission B in charge of Security and Foreign Affairs, Clementino dos Reis do Amaral, told the press on Monday that if electricity, the justice system and stability are not in place properly, it will stop foreigners from investing in Timor-Leste. He called on government to tackle the issues and to pay greater attention to them, adding that foreign investment will generate employment in the country. (Timor Post)

PST Does Not Agree Tsunami Donations Channeled Through Indonesian Government

The Timor Socialist Party’s (PST) representative, Pedro da Costa, said his party does not agree with President Xanana Gusmão’s initiative to directly hand over the donations collected through “Operation Domin” to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono. This, he said, is due to the fact that his party was very much in doubt whether the donations would be properly used by the Indonesian Government to assist the victims in Aceh. Moreover, da Costa said that his party preferred to have the donations channeled through an independent organization or through the United Nations. (STL)

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