Subject: UNOTIL's Daily Media Review 03 March 2006


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Daily Media Review

Friday, 03 March 2006

National Media Reports

President Requests Government To Help Resolve F-FDTL Case

President Xanana Gusmao has asked Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri to nominate Government representatives to sit on the Investigating Commission for the F-FDTL case. Speaking to journalists after his weekly meeting with the President on Thursday, Alkatiri explained that the main issue discussed in this week's meeting was the F-FDTL case, and that the President expressed his desire for the Government to also sit on the Commission to assist in finding a solution to the case. He said that the intention of the Government involvement would not be to question the competency of the F-FDTL Commanders, but to consider the political issues involved. He reiterated that the Commanders would still deal with the technical matters concerned, such as disciplinary actions.

Related to the claim made by Chief of Staff Colonel Lere Anan Timor that some political parties are behind the F-FDTL case, MP's Francisco Xavier do Amaral and Maria Paixao have requested that Timor identify which parties he means. Amaral said that his party is not interested in such matters and stated also that the ethnic conflict between the East and the West of the country has existed for a long time. He said that the issue is one of some concern, because “where there is smoke there is fire”, and that the fire should be put out quickly. Paixao also said that she would like to know which parties in particular are involved, but stated on behalf of her party that PSD is not interested in becoming involved in the issue because they trust that the F-FDTL Commanders will be able to resolve the situation. (DN)

Institutionally F-FDTL Cannot Leave The Headquarters: Alkatiri

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri reportedly said using the term lorosae-loromonu (east-west) is a big mistake. Speaking to the media following his meeting with President Gusmão, Alkatiri stressed that F-FDTL would not affect Fretilin as people from the East died in the West and vice-versa. "This is not against Fretilin, but it is against the state politics and against this constitution,"

STL also reported the President of Timor Lorosae Lawyers Association, Benevides Correira Barros as saying that the investigation commission should include the UN and expatriates because F-FDTL is still working with international advisors. Barros is of the opinion that the "independent investigation team should be composed of the President of the Republic, members of the church, international advisors and the UN". (TP, STL)

I'll Nominate for President Of The Republic: Amaral

ASDT President Francisco Xavier do Amaral has stated that he will nominate himself for President of the Republic in the 2007 elections because Timor-Leste needs to show to the world that it has many able people. Amaral told journalists on Thursday that he will run for President if there is only one candidate and that he will also push for a female candidate if only to show to the world that there are many Timorese who are keen to promote democracy in their country and that women are just as able as men. (DN)

Timor-Leste Still Need UN Assistance: Alkatiri

Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri reportedly said that Timor-Leste still needs the technical assistance of the United Nations and that money alone is not enough. Alkatiri added that discussion is still taking place on the type of assistance regardless of the size of the mission. "This mission is already small. If there is another mission, it'll be smaller than this one. Therefore they are not coming to govern Timor, no, but to provide assistance," Alkatiri said.

Timor-Leste Minister of Foreign Affairs José Ramos-Horta is currently in the USA and met with the congress on Wednesday to discuss the future mission of the United Nations for Timor-Leste and the possibility of his candidature for the UN Secretary-General, reported Lusa. According to this news agency, Ramos-Horta told the Portuguese radio program, Voice of America that “I am reflecting about the possibility of candidature”. He added, “I am listening to friends in the congress; I'll continue my consultations in New York, Lisbon and Paris,” indicating that he would have to make a decision by the end of April or beginning the month of May.

President Xanana Will Nominate New Prosecutor: Alkatiri President of the Republic, Xanana Gusmao is scheduled to nominate another Prosecutor-General to replace Longuinhos Monteiro, who has already completed his mandate, reported STL on Friday. Prime Minister Alkatiri said the President will nominate a person he trusts for the position and propose it to the Government. The Minister also said that the Government is planning to establish a Superior Council from the public servants that would be in charge of the proposals for the Government to carry out its duties. (STL)

Lack of Participants In Re-Elections The third phase for re-elections in two villages in Ermera District had not taken place according to the scheduled date due to the lack of voter turn out. According to Tomas do Rosário Cabral, STAE Director, the polling stations were open but people from the two villages did not turn up to vote. Cabral also said that the re-elections in Viqueque has been a little confusing as the candidate decided not to run. The third phase of the re-election for the village of Betis in Suai will be on Saturday. He said the results will be announced during a press conference in the coming days. (TP)

RTTL News Headlines

President asks support of the Government and Parliament

President Xanana Gusmao has reportedly asked the support of the Government and Parliament in dealing with the problems of F-FDTL. Speaking to journalists after over an hour-long meeting with the President, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri stated that the President wants to see the Government involved in finding a solution for the problem. Alkatiri added that the team comprised of the Government, Parliament and President would only look at the political aspect of the crisis, while abandoning their Headquarters is a disciplinary matter to be dealt with by the Institution. He dismissed the claim that the crisis could affect foreign investors.

Difficulties faced by Customs and BPU

Covering the border activities, RTTL reported that both Customs and BPU officers are experiencing many difficulties. Speaking to RTTL, the Customs Deputy Supervisor, Etelvino Pereira, said that one of the difficulties is the lack of a warehouse to store and secure goods. Meanwhile, the BPU Post Commander, Flaviano Timotio da Silva said that difficulties faced by his unit include transportation and food. Da Silva confirmed that these concerns had been channelled to the competent Ministry but have yet to be acted upon.

Ninja and Militia infiltration in Liquica

A 21-year-old man was seriously injured in Liquica Sub-District and is hospitalised in Dili. The man was reportedly attacked by unknown individuals on Wednesday night after attending a church service. Meanwhile, the Sub-District Administrator of Maubara, Liquica, Felis da Costa rejected the claim that there is a militia infiltration in his sub-district. Da Costa reportedly protested the restrictions the Police applied in banning the population from going out at night, arguing that it infringes upon the liberty of the population in the rural areas. Liquica PNTL District Commander, Raimundo de Araujo, reportedly said that the operation was aimed at collecting data about militia infiltration in the Sub-District and it would remain in place.

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]

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