Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 7 July 2006


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Friday, 07 July 2006 National Media Reports

Horta An Acceptable Candidate: Gonçalves

MP João Gonçalves reportedly said his party has presented their opinion that Ramos-Horta would be the acceptable candidate to carry the government until the elections in 2007. Gonçalves added that all the opposition parties have no objection to Ramos-Horta to take care of the government considering that Fretilin should nominate someone to fill the Prime Minister’s position but the President of the Republic has the last word. (TP)

IDP’s Will Soon Return To Their Homes: Slater

The commander of the joint task force in Timor-Leste, Brigadier General Michael Slater reportedly told the media on Thursday that those whose houses were not burnt, would soon return to their homes. Slater said the UN police would come in big numbers from Malaysia and Australia and will guarantee security to the whole population in Dili. “When the UN police arrive, they will patrol the suburbs. This is an important step to help the Timorese to to live in peace,” said the Australian Brigadier General. According to Timor Post, Slater said the UN Police will soon arrive and all IDPs will be able to return to their residence. (TP)

Risk Facing Health Services: Araújo

The Minister of Health, Rui Araújo reportedly said during a press conference held on Thursday that his Ministry would face difficulties regarding the current expenditures if the budget for the fiscal year 2006/2007 is not approved. Araújo also stressed the Ministry would risk ceasing its services in a few weeks if there is no budget to maintain the daily operations. He added the current activities are being funded from last year’s budget which the ministry did not fully implement in the month of May and June due to the national crisis that occurred. (TP)

International Media Reports



Dili, Thursday,6 July, 2006

The Government of Thailand donates $10,000 to humanitarian asssitance in Timor-Leste

During a small ceremony yesterday, at the Ministry of Labour and Community Reinsertion, the Ambassador for the Kingdom of Thailand, Mr. Wiwat Kunthonthien, donated $10,000 to the government of Timor-Leste. The Minister of Labour and Community Reinsertion, Arsénio Paixão Bano, accepted the cheque on behalf of the government.

“The people of Timor-Leste would like to thank the people of Thailand for their generous contribution to the humanitarian assistance effort. The Ministry has been working hard to provide humanitarian assistance to IDPs and to communities. We are pleased to receive this donation from our international friends” said the Minister.

The Minister signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the “Servi Nasaun” project with UNDP and ILO on Tuesday 4 July. The project involves short-term employment in the areas of humanitarian assistance such as distribution of food, and community work such as cleaning up residential areas and public areas such as parks and sports fields.

“These types of projects are very important as it is a quick means of generating income and stimulating the micro-economy. Working together as a community will help to rebuild and strengthen communities. The beautification of neighbourhoods will also attract people to return to their homes.” said the Minister.

Servi Nasaun has already begun to be implemented in Becora, Kampung Alor, Tibar and Vila-Verde. Total of 642 will receive cash-for-work for two or four weeks.

Australia has contributed $500,000AUD and Japan donated $500,000USD toward funding “Servi Nasaun”. The $1,000,000USD project will be implemented by UNDP and ILO in close conjunction with the Ministry’s Division of Employment.

The Ministry has employment centres in Dili, Baucau, Maliana and Oecusse.

For further information please contact: Carmen da Cruz, ph. 7274156, Aida Mota, ph. 7274351, Sandra Thompson, ph. 7266527 or Ursula de Almeida, ph. 7251383 MTRC Information Centre

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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