Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 27 June 2006


Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources

Daily Media Review Monday, 27 June 2006

National Media Reports

Demonstrators Handed Keys to Gusmão

Demonstrators, organized by the National Youth Front Organization for Peace and Justice handed the keys of the National Parliament and the Government buildings to President Xanana Gusmão on Monday (26/6) reported Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Tuesday. The demonstrators closed the building and removed the keys and gave them to President of the Republic to dissolve the Parliament and dismiss Mari Alkatiri’s government as it no longer has the power to resolve the current crisis.

In a separate article Ramos-Horta told the crowd following Alkatiri’s resignation Thursday afternoon that the people, youth and political parties shows have shown that they want change and peace to strengthen Timor-Leste. He told the crowd that they have achieved a big victory, for changes for peace in the country. On the same occasion, Ramos-Horta thanked the protesters for their courage in the many days of protest to protect the leaders and for not resorting to the use of weapons to impose their point of view. He added that the international community is happy to see that the population, especially the youth, carry out the protest in a disciplined manner without violence.

In the meantime the President of União Democratica Timorense (UDT) João Carrascalão, stated through a press communiqué that he recommends the President of the Republic to call for a “State in Crisis” and dissolve the Parliament before the situation gets out of hand.(STL)

Alkatiri Summoned To Appear In Court Friday

Following the announcement of his intention to resign on Monday (26/6) as the head of the government, the Public Ministry issued a warrant for the Prime Minister to appear at a court hearing on Friday in relation to distribution of weapons to civilians. The court summons is based on former Minister of Interior, Rogerio Lobato’s ‘not denying the accusation involving revolt/rebellion, possession of illegal guns and involvement with criminals. Mari Alkatiri has denied any involvement in weapons distribution to civilians. (STL)

I’m Here To Analyze The Current Crisis: Ian Martin

The United Nations Secretary General Special Envoy, Ian Martin and his team arrived in Dili, on Monday to analyse the current political situation in Timor-Leste. The UN Special Envoy and his team will remain in the country for two weeks to do the assessment. Upon his arrival, he told the media that this is the second time the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, sent him to Timor-Leste to analyse the crisis in the country and report back to him. In relation to the investigation into the crisis, Ian said it is not his competency to respond to it but that recommendations were presented to the United Nation and an investigation team start work very soon. The Special Envoy said that the police adviser has arrived here earlier to work with PNTL. (STL)

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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