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Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources
Daily Media Review
Wednesday, 25 January 2006
National Media Reports
TL does not have to tolerate everything
Following a discussion on the budget ratification for 2005/06 at the National Parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister Alkatiri remarked " I would like to say again that, as the Prime Minister, I would like to maintain good ties with all nations especially our two neighbors, Australia and Indonesia, but by 'good relations' does that mean we must tolerate everything?" He said Timor-Leste would assume rightful responsibility if the joint investigation into the 6 January border incident proves this to be the case. According to media reports, the investigation between Indonesia and Timor-Leste starts today. (TP)
UN Flies Domingas Tefa to Oecussi
A Timorese woman has allegedly been sexually abused (raped) by a number of Indonesian National Militaries (TNI) for illegally crossing the border into Aplal in the sub-district of Miomafo, West Timor District, the media reported on Wednesday. According to reports, the United Nations provided helicopter assistance to transport Domingas Tefa, aged 27, back to Oecussi. MP Antonio da Costa Lelan told the media that he put in an urgent request to the police in Oecussi to bring Tefa to Dili to undergo an investigation to help find those responsible for the crime. (TP)
Mari Alkatiri: I'm prepared to resign
The media reported that information is starting to circulate that some members of Fretilin are tying to create a "shadow cabinet" to replace the party's old leadership. Fretilin's Secretary General, Mari Alkatiri, reportedly said he is remaining calm because he believes these reports are only rumours. However, he said, he would be ready to step down if the party's congress decides that he should stop his functions. Alkatiri reminded members of Fretilin Central Committee (CCF) not to pay attention to any rumors that will surface from now until the elections process. He told party members during a CCF meeting that rumors were not only coming from Timorese but from foreigners as well. (TP, STL)
Indonesia should not close its eyes to the facts of History
Aderito de Jesus, Timor-Leste Human Rights Advisor for International Law, said the CAVR report is an important part of Timor-Leste history that the Government of Indonesia must respect and to which it should not close its eyes. De Jesus said the history is based on facts and everybody including the Indonesian Government must respect it. He believes that the Indonesian Government should apologize to the people of Timor-Leste, particularly to the families of victims, and acknowledge their mistakes before discussing good ties between the two nations. He said that it should not be the Timorese seeking forgiveness. Aderito de Jesus said CAVR's report which has been handed over to the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan by President Gusmão and Foreign Minister Ramos-Horta, is a positive step and now it's up to the UN to make a decision based on the many recommendations. However, from his point of view, De Jesus said, the UN makes decisions very late due to the priority given to its members' political and economic interests. De Jesus added that the democracy in Indonesia would only progress if those involved in crimes against humanity are taken to an international or national court. (TP)
TVTL News Monitoring
Former militiamen returned to Timor Leste.
Three former militiamen captured by PNTL in Covalima were brought before the Minister of Interior, Rogerio Tiago Lobato said on Tuesday. Speaking to the three, Minister Lobato reportedly stated that those who oppose law and violate human rights should be brought to court. One of the three, with the initials "ASM," allegedly said that he returned to Timor-Leste because he was living a hard life in Betun, West Timor. He further acknowledged that he was a member of the Laksaur militia group and violated human rights in Timor-Leste in 1999 adding that he was prepared to bear any consequence for his involvement.
PST condemns the militants of Fretilin
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday in Dili, the President of PST, Nelson Correia, stated that his party strongly condemned the attitude of some Fretilin militants who forced PST militants to become Fretilin members. Mr Correia argued that this attitude was against human rights as outlined in the RDTL's Constitution. Correia further stated that PST would call on the National Parliament, especially Commission A to investigate the case. The case referred to allegedly occurred in Cairui, Manatuto District on 26 December 2005.
Government will provide scholarships
The Minister for Labour and Community Reinsertion, Arsenio Paixao Bano, told journalists at the National Parliament on Tuesday that his Ministry was preparing a proposal to be sent to the Prime Minister's office on assisting orphans of Resistance veterans. Part of the proposal, the Minister said, was to provide scholarships, particularly for those who had no opportunity to study.
National News Sources Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional