Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review Nov 07, 2005

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Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review

Monday, 07 November 2005

National Media Reports

Timor-Leste Refuses Aid From World Bank

It is reported that Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri has said that the Timor-Leste government will refuse monetary assistance to the amount of USD 10 million from the World Bank if the Bank alters its current program support. Speaking to reporters upon his return from his trip to Cape Verde and Portugal, the Prime Minister said that it is Timorese who steer the development process in this country, and therefore even though Timor-Leste is still very much in need of donor assistance, the Government does not accept the World Bank making changes to its current program support in Timor-Leste. He said that Timor-Leste will not follow the practices of other countries where the Bank implements procedures as it pleases, and reinforced that the decision that was taken in 2001-2002 which determined the mechanism that would be used for the Bank's programs in Timor-Leste, was still in force and that the government would not accept any changes. (STL, Diario)

Cape Verde Becomes Good Example for Timor-Leste: PM Alkatiri

Speaking to the media upon his return from the official visit to Cape Verde last Saturday, Prime Minister Mari Alktiri was reported as saying that Cape Verde sets a good example for Timor-Leste because it is a small country, unfertile and without oil, but only with their brains, the Cape Verdians are able to develop their country, and now the country has become part of the group of less developed countries in the world. Moreover, Alkatiri said that the experience which is needed to become a reference [for Timor-Leste] is that firstly, there is a need to reflect upon the possibility of doing things without thinking that money is the factor that can solve the problem but it is actually human beings who can do so. Therefore, he said, "there should be a good investment in education so that in the future, there would be experts who can think that the primary resources for development is our brains". The other factor, Alkatiri added, is that there should be a proper management of the use of the available resources. (Diario)

PD Dreams of Winning 2007 Elections

It is reported that Democrat Party (PD) members from both the National and District branches held a large meeting this weekend, the objective of which was to evaluate the past year's activities, including the recent village elections, with a focus on the upcoming general elections to be held in 2007. Speaking to journalists after opening the meeting on Saturday, PD President Francisco Lasama de Araujo said that his party has a dream of winning the 2007 elections, and that during the meeting the party would design a program that will be used to compete in the elections. He said that the large amount of votes that PD received in the recent village elections has given confidence to the party in contesting the general elections. (STL)

Many Women's Organizations Exist But Domestic Violence On The Increase

Speaking at the Democratic Party consolidation meeting yesterday, Maria Tereza de Carvalho of Democratic Party was reportedly to have stated that there has been many women's organizations in Timor-Leste so far but domestic violence has also highly increased. De Carvalho further argued that the existing women's organizations have not carried out their functions better, adding that there has not been a provision of better moral education for the community, particularly creating awareness on the rights and obligations between men and women.

"We have carried out [so many] workshops for women but we never involve men in those kind of meetings. Therefore, [most] men never receive moral education for themselves on their responsibility and their obligations. This has led to the many occurrences of domestic violence in the family", De Carvalho said. (Diario)

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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