Tuesday, 16 October 2007
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No Impunity for Mari Alkatiri if
Involved in Crime
The Chief of Commission A for the National
Parliament, Ms. Fernanda Borges has stated that if the former Prime
Minister Mari Alkatiri is named within the hearing for Vicente da
Conceicao, alias Railos, then Mr Alkatiri should respond.
"The impunity afforded to members of the
National Parliament is invalid for personal criminal actions,?" said Ms.
Fretilin Requests President of
Republic to Discharge Longuinhos Monteiro
The Fretilin Party bench in National
Parliament had officially requested the President of the Republic to
discharge the Prosecutor General, Mr. Longuinhos Monteiro due to his
alleged abuse of power in relation to last year's crisis.
?Based on a telephone transcript, the
Fretilin Party condemns him without impartiality,? said the Fretilin
Party spokesperson. (TP)
Xanana Should Have Conviction to
Resolve Reinado Case
The Social Democrat Party's parliamentary
member, Mr. Mario Carascalao, said that President Xanana Gusmao should
demonstrate his conviction to solve the Reinado issue to the public. (TP)
The PNTL Ready to Secure Government
Sites if F-FDTL Return to Headquarter
The PNTL will secure the government sites
if F-FDTL withdrew and returned to their headquarters.
"The PNTL is still in process of screening and under UNPOL supervision
therefore PNTL could not decide it alone. PNTL will coordinate with
UNPOL," said Mr. Afonso de Jesus, the PNTL Interim Commander. (TP)
President of Republic Sworn In State
President of Republic, Jos?Ramos Horta has
sworn in 12 State Counsellor members, whom will defend the nation?s
?State Counsellor members will decide and make collective decisions to
resolve the nation?s problems,? said the Chief of National Parliament.
Mr. Fernando ?Lasama? is one of the
Taur Matan Ruak Testifies In Court
The lawyer for both the F-FDTL General
Commander, Taur Matan Ruak and Colonel Lere Anan Timor should have the
opportunity to testify in court on 25 May 2006 case.
?The Court had heard witnesses from the PNTL side and the families of
those who died at the the entrance of the Ministry of Justice.
The Court also needs to hear from Taur Matan Ruak, Lere Anan Timor and
Maukalo?, said Arlindo Dias Sanches, the lawyer for F-FDTL officers. (DN)
Civil Society Asks for the Truth and
Friendship Commission to be Dissolved
Civil society in Timor-Leste has asked for
the Indonesian and East-Timorese Presidents to dissolve the Truth and
Civil Society representative, Mr. Francisco Vasconcelhos, declared that
National Parliament has not ratified the Commission?s budget for the
2008 to 2012 period.
He said that the Commission?s does not meet the needs of victims in
relation to justice for crimes against humanity.
He said the Government is spending money only for political interest and
to spread the impunity virus. (DN)
'Peacekeepers Without a Peace to
In his Week in Review piece yesterday, New
York Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman gets to the heart of the
peacekeeping dilemma in Darfur.
The problem with Darfur is that it is not a Kosovo, an East Timor, or a
Cyprus, all places where United Nations blue helmets have stepped
between well-defined warring parties and stopped the bloodshed. Darfur
is experiencing a different, messier kind of war.
Though often simplified, the situation in
Darfur has become a chaotic free-for-all with many warring pieces, Arab
versus Arab, rebel versus rebel, bandit versus bandit, all fighting one
another in a desiccated, burned-out wasteland overrun with weapons and
increasingly lethal for aid workers and peacekeepers.
If anything, Darfur resembles Somalia in
the 1990s, when the failure of American-backed United Nations
peacekeepers to subdue teenage gunmen in flip-flops ushered in 16 years
of chaos that rages on today.
Also, unlike East Timor, Kosovo, and
Cyprus, (and Sierra Leone and Liberia) Darfur has no powerful western
backer willing to lead an intervention when things get completely
chaotic. East Timor had Australia, Kosovo had NATO, Sierra Leone had the
UK, and Liberia had the United States to bolster the peace with direct
intervention at critical moments. No similar dynamic exists for Darfur.
(To make matters worse, not only are developed countries not taking the
lead, but they are being frustratingly slow in send the heavy equipment
like helicopters and other 'force multipliers' needed to deploy the
Even if the mission does get off the ground, with no peace to keep what
should UNAMID actually do? John Prendergast has some thoughts:
"Let's say a village has been attacked and the attackers are
retreating," he said. "If there's good intelligence about who did this,
then it's very important for the peacekeepers to engage them, whoever
they are -- rebels, militias, the government -- so they and other groups
know there is a cost to their actions."
The peacekeepers, he said, can't forget
their core mission -- protecting people. "For example, they need to go
on firewood patrols and protect the women collecting wood from getting
raped," he said. "No, this isn't going to end the conflict. But it could
at least end one of the most horrific subplots of this saga."
NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES:
Timor Post (TP)
Radio Timor-Leste (RTL)
Suara Timor Lorosae (STL)
Diario Tempo (DT)
Diario Nacional (DN)
Televisaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)