Subject: UNOTIL's Daily Media Review January 4, 2006

Daily Media Review

Wednesday, 04 January 2006

National Media Reports

Lu-Olo on Greater Sunrise exploration for development of Timor-Leste

President of the National Parliament Francisco Guterres (Lu-Olo) has said that it is important that exploration of Greater Sunrise commence now, so that the resulting income can be used for Timor-Leste's current development. Responding to comments from some political parties that it is better to wait before exploring Greater Sunrise, Lu-Olo told TP on Tuesday that the government is standing by its rights concerning the sovereignty of the Timor Sea. He also rejected the claim that the government is only going ahead with the signing of the revenue sharing agreement so that revenue will start to flow in before the next general elections. (TP)

Questions behind death of Mario Lay of Tane Timor Advocacy

Tane Timor Advocacy has lost one of their staff members, lawyer Mario de Sousa Lay, who died suddenly at his home in Audian, Dili on Monday. The cause of death has not yet been identified, but according to Tane Timor Director Angelo Neves, Lay was not ill at the time of his death. However he said that his colleague suffered shock when the two were recently arrested in relation to the Timor Block Building Industry case. He was rushed to hospital at one stage due to breathing difficulty, but was then sent back to his cell. (TP)

PD, KOTA and Fretilin request draft electoral law

Political party representatives in the National Parliament including from PD, KOTA and Fretilin have requested that the Parliament quickly draft an electoral law that will guarantee the realisation of the upcoming general elections. Spokesperson for the Democratic Party Rui Menezes said that it is important that efforts are made to begin drafting the law now, so that it may then be proclaimed in 2007. He said that the drafting of the law should involve civil society and political parties, in order that the law that is produced is of excellent quality, which will in turn help to guarantee democratic and transparent elections. (TP)

Amaral: Oppositions are concerned about communist doctrine

The policy of the Timor-Leste Government to send Timorese students to study medicine in Cuba is a concern of the opposition parties at the National Parliament because it is suspected the programme has more political motif in the interest of the current government party, Fretilin, STL reported. The daily further quoted MP Clementino dos Reis Amaral, who said that in terms of education, it is a good programme to send Timorese students to study medicine in Cuba. But, it is worrying from socio-political and cultural perspectives, and it threatens the flourishing democracy in Timor-Leste. He added that they (students) might not be forced to learn Cuba's doctrine and culture but argued that with such a large number of students it is worrying if they are all back with Cuba's culture (maybe refers to ideology) then it will be very dangerous for Timor-Leste's democracy. Meantime, MP João Goncalves shared the same idea by stating that it is good to see such programme that develop human resource of Timor-Leste, but question, why it should be Cuba? MP Goncalves also expressed his disappointment on Timorese students in Cuba's behaviour, who welcome PM Alkatiri in his recent visit with Fretilin's flag instead of the national one. MP Francisco Branco responded to the opposition parties' representatives at the National Parliament by asking them not to create all sorts of concepts because Cuba's scholarship also has a positive motif, and that everything is not solely about ideology.

Greater Diplomacy Effort Required for Border: Barris

Vice-Minister of Interior, Alcino Barris has requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for greater diplomacy effort to resolve the border problems that has created confusion among the people living near the borderline. "I think it would be better for Indonesia and Timor-Leste to resolve the rising problems in the border between the two territories through diplomacy. Find a better solution between the two nations. After all the bilateral ties between Indonesia and Timor-Leste started to be good," Barris said. He added that there are concerns about the border and it has not been dealing directly on a case to case but through good neighboring and close diplomacy ties. The Vice-Minister also told the media that if the populations in Atabae have information that a member of the Police Reserve Unit, URP is using his gun to shoot wild deer, they should present their complaint and disciplinary action taken if investigations are correct. (STL)

TVTL News Monitoring 03-01-2006

Ø Presidents of Timor-Leste and Indonesia met: During his visit to Indonesia over last Christmas, President Gusmão is reported to have held a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. After their meeting, President Gusmão reportedly told TVTL reporters that they discussed bilateral relations of the two countries. He further added that he informed President Yudhoyono about the CAVR report which has been submitted to the President of the Republic and the National Parliament and that it would be handed over to the UN Secretary General.

Ø NP begins Plenary Session for 2006: TVTL reported that the National Parliament began the plenary session for the new legislative year of 2006 on Tuesday. After the opening ceremony of the session, President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres "Lu Olo" told journalists that the Parliament would face a huge challenge this year. He expressed his optimism, however, that the experiences of last year would help in coping with the challenges. The Head of PSD Bench, Maria Paixão reportedly stated that the Parliament had not performed its maximum function in 2005. Meanwhile, Vicente Guterres MP, from UDC/PDC expressed his bench's hope that the Office of the President should have a Judicial Advisor to look at the Laws from the Parliament before being promulgated.

Ø ASDT's militants arrested in Liquica: Twenty-three people were arrested by Police in Liquica for reportedly being involved in assault and intimidation against the villagers in the Village of Assumanu in Liquica Sub-District. These people are reportedly the militants of ASDT party. Speaking to journalists via telephone, Liquica Deputy District Commander of PNTL, Abilio Mesquita said that suspects are held in the Police Station in Liquica for investigation. He also mentioned that of the 23, 15 people were from Ermera District and another eight from Liquica, including four women. Meanwhile, one of the detainees reportedly told TVTL that the police intimidated them while in custody.

Regional Media Reports

East Timor leader expresses concern for his country's stability

East Timorese President Xanana Gusmão says small recalcitrant groups remain in the country. He has appealed to them to help foster stability and says values need to be protected. President Gusmão says East Timor is still fragile and it would be easy for people to succumb to corruption in order to nurture ambitions of power. President Gusmão says his priorities for the next year include nation-building and working to strengthen the democratic consciousness of the people. (ABC News)

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]-

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