Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 07 & 09 January 2006


Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review

Saturday & Monday, 07&09 January 2006

National Media Reports

TFC to invite General Wiranto to provide his account

The Truth and Friendship Commission (TFC) plans to invite ex-TNI General Wiranto to give a statement on the 1999 Crimes Against Humanity in Timor-Leste. TFC Commissioner Felicidade Guterres told TP on Friday that the TFC will be inviting Wiranto not as a suspect, as the Commission does not have any legal authority to do so, but so that he may provide information to the Commission. Guterres also said that the Indonesian members of the TFC will be visiting Timor-Leste at the end of January for one week to visit certain sites around the country, as well as to meet some political leaders so that they may discuss ideas and issues. (TP)

Indonesian protests Timor-Leste & Dili rejects Indonesian allegations on border incident

The Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs has sent a letter of protest to the Timor-Leste Government following the fatal shooting of three Indonesians in the border area. Speaking to the Jawa Pos, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Yuri Thamrin, said that the shooting was arbitrary, without prior warning. "We wish to remind all that shooting in the border area must not be taken lightly, as the border issue is a sensitive one", said Thamrin. He conceded that there needs to be improved communication facilities in the area so that incidents such as these can be reported adequately. He also requested that the corpses of the three deceased be returned in a proper fashion, to avoid offending family members. The three Indonesians were fatally shot by Timor-Leste police last Friday when allegedly fishing in the Malikbaka river which runs into Timor-Leste territory. Two others managed to run away. Thamrin said that he is wary of claims from the Timor-Leste side that the police were forced to shoot as the Indonesians resisted, and he also stated that Indonesia and Timor-Leste would form a joint investigation on the incident.

Dili has meanwhile rejected Indonesia's claims that the three were fishing, and that they were attacked without reason by the Timor-Leste police. A press release from the Timor-Leste Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the three were hiding in the grass, and that they made an attempt to attack the police and steal their weapons. The police officers from the Border Patrol Unit were therefore forced to respond by shooting. One of the deceased, Jose Mausorte, has since been identified as a well-known ex-milita member who was involved in an attack on a bus in Atsabe in 2002, according to the statement. The statement added that the recent heavy rains in the region means that the rivers are running very fast, and therefore it is not possible to fish.

According to the statement, the three corpses have had autopsies performed on them with assistance from the United Nations. It also stated that the government has contacted the Indonesian Ambassador to invite him to participate in the impending investigation. (TP)

Bishop Ricardo da Silva: Public hearing on Jugun Iafun is a new page for Timorese women's dignity

Speaking at the public hearing last Friday on Jugun Iafun (victims of sexual violence conducted by Japanese soldiers during Second World War) organized by Dili-based Human Rights NGO, Hak Association and Japanese NGO, Japan Coalition for East Timor, Dili Diocese Bishop Alberto Ricardo da Silva was quoted as saying that the forum is part of raising awareness and an act of opening a new page for the values and dignity of Timorese women. Moreover, Bishop Ricardo said that men and women have the same dignity, and no one should destroy women's dignity since God created men and women in accordance with His image.

Bishop Rircardo took the opportunity to thank the organizers who managed to hold the public hearing. Meanwhile,a Japanese television producer declared that during the Second World War, around 100,000 women had become sex slaves for Japanese soldiers. This total number, she said, is from countries that Japan invaded during the war such as China, South Korea, Taiwan and Southeast countries, including Timor-Leste. (Timor Post)

Martins: Police to investigate bomb incident at UIR Baucau Headquarter

PNTL Commander Paulo Martins told the media that police continue to investigate the Molotov bomb attack on UIR headquarters in Baucau on Christmas Eve. When questioned whether the delay in detaining those responsible is due to weak police intelligence, Martins said it is not the case, pointing out the arrest of a former militia who had been on the run and hiding but was eventually caught by the police. (TP)

Saldanha: Clarify it to the National Parliament before signing it with the Australian Government

Speaking to media on January 6th, João Mariano Saldanha urged Timor-Leste Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri to clarify some issues for the Timor-Leste National Parliament before signing agreement with Australian Government on Timor Gap's Great Sunrise in Sydney, Timor Post reported. Mr. Saldanha added that the Timor-Leste Government needs to explain to the National Parliament whether it has been confirmed that the pipeline will be channelled to Timor-Leste, since it will have both negative and positive impacts on the future of Timor-Leste. Mr Saldanha made the above statement when asked about his analysis regarding PM Alkatiri's statement in which he stated that Timor-Leste National Parliament would be briefed soon after the signing of the agreement with the Australian government. Saldanha added that it is also up to the members of the National Parliament to question whether their involvement as the representative of the people at the National Parliament is needed! Saldanha further made an appeal to the members of the National Parliament from the opposition parties as well as civil society to voice this concern and to not let it pass due to the majority Fretilin representation at the National Parliament. Mr Saldanha, further questioned the existence of any agreements regarding the canalisation of Timor Gap pipeline to Timor-Leste. Otherwise, he suggested, that the Government of Timor-Leste include a concrete agreement and that public be informed on the matter. It was also argued that not including the discussion of maritime frontier in negotiations for an agreement by PM Alkatiri and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Ramos Horta, with the Australian Government would be a huge mistake. If the pipeline is channelled to Darwin, then the exploration which would cost around $5-6 million would only benefit Australian Northern Territory Government's economy, he contended. (TP)

Regional Media Reports

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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