Subject: UNMISET Daily Media Review 16 March 2005

UNMISET Daily Press Review

Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Wednesday, 16 March 2005

President Xanana sends rice to hungry districts

President Xanana Gusmão has sent five tons of rice via the Dili Diocese Church to several hungry districts in Timor-Leste, including Suai, Ainaro and Ermera. These five tons are in addition to the two-and-a-half tons of rice and 100 boxes of noodles already sent by the church. According to the Episcopal Vicar for Dili Diocese, Father Agostinho de Jesus Soares, coastal communities are suffering most. He said that the mission of the Church has always been to help those in need and that the Church will continue to do so in times of crisis such as this. (STL)

Xanana urges community to be wise when choosing village chiefs

President Xanana Gusmao has told the people of Baucau that they should choose someone who is able to lead, who is responsible and willing to struggle for the aspirations of the people during the election of village chiefs. He said that the individuals chosen do not have to be from the Fretilin party, as long as they meet all the above conditions. (STL)

Lu Olo appeals to parliamentarians to submit Provedor candidates

President of the National Parliament Francisco Guterres (Lu-Olo) has once again requested parliamentarians to submit their candidates for the Provedor election. He said that apart from Fretilin, the other parliamentary factions had not yet submitted their candidates, making it impossible to set a date for the election. He said that the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice is an important position and this election should be a priority. (STL)

Military and police meeting held at UNMISET

An Indonesian delegation composed of military and police officers yesterday held a meeting with the United Nations Military Component as well as the Timor-Leste National Police and F-FDTL at the UNMISET compound in Obrigado Barracks, Dili. The main issue discussed at the meeting was joint patrols along the Indonesia-Timor-Leste border. Colonel Yul Afiani from the Indonesian military (TNI) told STL that this was the fourth such meeting, but the first time that the meeting had been held in Dili. He said that the aim of the meetings is to maintain a conducive atmosphere along the border and that on this particular occasion, the outcome had been very successful. He said the issue of illegal entries into Timor-Leste from Indonesia should not be associated with militia, as the militia no longer exist and in any case they no longer carry weapons. (STL)

JSMP questions intention of Truth and Friendship Commission

The Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) has questioned the true intention of the Truth and Friendship Commission. JSMP states in its latest press release that a study of the Terms of Reference of the Commission demonstrates that the main role of the Commission is to prevent further investigations into, and indictments of, senior Indonesian officials who were involved in crimes against humanity before 1999. The mandate of the Commission is limited to studying crimes committed immediately preceding and following the 1999 referendum. This means that any other crimes committed in the previous twenty-four years of occupation will not be considered. (STL)

Manuel Tilman: Bureaucracy creates corruption

The Member of National Parliament’s Commission C in charge of Economic Affairs, Manuel Tilman, stressed that if the Government does not reduce the large number of bureaucracies, corruption will flourish even though the anti-corruption law is in place. He said the salaries of public servants must be increased in order to stop the spread of corruption.

Meanwhile, the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Dili University, Gilberto Ximenes, argued that in order to eradicate corruption, there is a need to implement a rigorous policy to deal with those involved in such activity. (Timor Post)

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