Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 6 July 2006


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Daily Media Review­Nat’l & Int’l­EVENING EDITON

Thursday, 06 July 2006

National Media Reports

Alfredo Meets President Gusmão

Military police commander, Major Alfredo and his group reportedly met President Gusmão at his office on Wednesday for over one hour but issues discussed was not revealed. According to Suara Timor Lorosae (STL), Major Alfredo avoided the media by leaving through the back door of the Presidential Palace. The group was acompanied by the international forces on return to their camp in Maubisse. In the meantime, Major Tara and Major Marcos Tilman together with 12 others handed in their guns to the Australian forces in Gleno, Ermera District on Wednesday. (STL,TP)

ASDT Supports Horta For Premiership

Associação Social DemocrataTimorense (ASDT) fully endorses Minister Ramos-Horta to become the Prime Minister due to his credibility not only among the population but withing the international community as well, said ASDT President, Francisco Amaral. Amaral stressed that the country needs a person with leadership that can take the people and the nation forwards into prosperity.

Timor Post reported the Minister Ramos-Horta as saying that he would consult with Fretilin Central Committe regarding his possible take over of the post of Prime Minister. (STL, TP)

Fretilin Approaches The Catholic Church

A delegation of Fretilin members, headed by Deputy Secretary-General Jose Reis on Tuesday met with the Bishop of Baucau Diocese, Mgr. Basilio do Nascimento. During the meeting, the delegation presented their point of view and concerns on the current situation. On the same occasion, Bishop Basilio appealed to all to be united on taking the state forwards. Jose Reis said the meeting was an initiative from Fretilin following the national congress to create a stronger partnership with the Catholic Church of Baucau and Dili Dioceses. He also said a step towards a solution to the current political crisis was the resignation of Prime Minister Alkatiri and Fretilin’s efforts to support the forming of an interim government that will persuade the people to return to their homes and encourage the disarmament of civilians who still have guns. On the same occasion, Bishop Basilio expressed his concerns about the people still living in the camps and would like Fretilin to help find a solution to end their suffering. The Bishop also recommends that the leaders form a unity starting from the base up, pointing out that it must start at the village level. He said there must first be reconciliation with the community elders in the villages as per Timorese tradition followed by the state. The church, he said, would become the eyewitness or institutional instrument to strengthening the unity.

In a separate article, Fretilin Renovator Group continues to ask Fretilin Central Committee to consult and resolve the mistake they committed by holding an extraordinary meeting, reported STL Thursday. Egidio de Jesus reportedly said a member of the group already approached Estanislau da Silva, Fretilin congress organizer to sit and resolve the crisis within the party adding that if the extraordinary congress is not held , he and his group will take the process to a court.

National News Sources Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) 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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