Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 1 February 2007

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]

Thursday, 01 February 2007



National Media Reports

Alfredo Court Hearing Likely To Be At Gleno

Major Alfredo has reached an agreement with the Prosecutor General Longuinhos Monteiro to appear in court in relation to the incident of April 28, 2006. He will follow the judicial process and has stated the he will follow the court hearing in Gleno. (DN)

Government Receives Temporary Homes

The Norwegian government through the Norwegian Refugee Council and UNICEF officially handed over 100 temporary homes in the area of Tasi Tolu to the government of Timor-Leste on Wednesday. It is a complete house with clean water and sanitation, reported Diario Nacional Thursday. The same type of homes will be constructed in Hera, Tibar and Becora for the IDP's. (DN)

President Must Gather Former Fighters: Ximenes (STL)

David Ximenes, the Secretary of State for Veterans Affairs and Former Combatants stressed that President Xanana Gusmao must gather all former combatants including the youth who participated in the resistance to stop the violence. Ximenes said many of the combatants are now scattered in the various political parties to give dynamic to the democracy but when violence occurs the combatants have the duty to stop it. Cornelio Gama, alias L4, former combatant and President of the political party UNDERTIM, said he would work with the government to find a solution to the current situation (DN)

UNPOL And Forces Detains Member Of Group

UNPOL and the International Forces launched an operation in Dili on Wednesday that resulted in the detention of 56 elements in connection to the martial arts groups that have created disturbances in Dili. The operation with a great capacity of members of UNPOL, Australian military black hawk helicopters and GNR concentrated in the area of Bairo Pite and Ailoklaran. Among those detained were some leaders of PHST and 7-7. According to UNPOL Dili District Commander, Antonio da Silva, the aim of the operation is to bring peace and tranquillity to the population. (DN, STL)

RTTL News Headlines

Dili District Court Request Railos To Be Summoned

In a letter to the Public Administration, Dili District Court requested that Railos appear in Court based on the statement by Liquica District Administrator that Railos had intimidated and threatened him, his family and some members of the community in Liquiça District.

SRSG Meets Civil Society Groups

SRSG, Atul Khare met with members of the civil society on Wednesday organized by the national NGO Forum, FONGTIL. According to TVTL, the purpose of the meeting was to collect ideas from the group to better strengthen the work of UNMIT.

Barris Blames UN For Incident

Minister of Interior Alcino Barris testified in the court during Lobato's trial that former Minister of Interior was not responsible for the shooting incidents on May 25 in front of the Justice Ministry. Barris said UN made the decision to disarm PNTL hence UN must be responsible. In relation to the incidents in Tibar, the Minister stated that he was not aware of it and stressed that PNTL became weaker following the desertion of many officers.

Halt Of Humanitarian Assistant

The government plans to stop humanitarian assistant to IDPs in Dili and in the districts starting in the month of February. According to Minister Arsenio Bano, assistance will only be given to vulnerable people.

TT New Tariff

Timor Telecom (TT) has announced the introduction of the new tariff starting the month of February. The new call rate will be cheaper for international calls. The company director said the cause of the problem on Tuesday morning was due to a technical problem but it is now rectified.

International Media Reports

47 arrested in E Timor weapons raid

By Anne Barker

ABC Online

Australian troops and United Nations police in East Timor have arrested 47 people and confiscated dozens of dangerous weapons.

Authorities swooped last night, arresting 47 people for riotous behaviour, possession of illegal weapons and suspicion of other crimes including homicide.

Among those arrested were members of martial arts groups and street gangs that have terrorised the capital Dili for months now.

One gang leader is also in custody.

Police and soldiers seized numerous weapons, including home-made explosives, firearms, darts, batons and spears.

Australian troops used Black Hawk and Kiawa helicopters in the heavily-armed operation, and armoured personnel carriers were on stand-by.

Defence authorities say even after the arrests, several houses were set alight by rival gangs.

The arrests are the result of a two-week investigation.

It is unclear whether charges have been laid.

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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