Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 23 January 2008

Wednesday, 23 January 2008


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National Media Reports

TVTL news coverage

Alfredo not to appear at his second court hearing: Former Military Police Commander Major Alfredo Reinado said that he will not appear at his second court hearing in Dili District Court as he is preparing himself for dialogue with the government.

Alfredo's lawyer, Benevides Barros said that his client, Reinado does not mean to not respect the court's decision, but he is preparing to have dialog with the Government in a short space of time.

RTL news coverage

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SRSG Atul Khare visits UN project in Oecusse

Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Timor-Leste Atul Khare on Tuesday (22/1) held an official visit to Oecusse district to see the activities of various development projects, such as water sanitation, hospitals and schools funded by WFP, UNDP, UNICEF, and UNOPS.

"I came here to see the activities of development projects in Oecusse

"The programs of UNMIT, UN agencies, and local and international NGOs are always getting a positive response from the community since they are involved in the projects," said the SRSG Khare.

SRSG Atul Khare also met with the local leaders to get their opinions about the work of the UN agencies in Oecusse. (STL)

Alfredo, petitioners and the government: commit to have dialogue

The State Secretary for Defence Julio Thomas Pinto said that Alfredo Reinado, the petitioners and the government have committed to continue the dialogue process.

As the state decided previously, the only way to solve Alfredo and the petitioners' problems is through dialogue. (STL and DN)

Alfredo's allegation: opposition pressuring Xanana to present to the NP

The opposition parties in the National Parliament (NP), PPT and KOTA, are pressuring Prime Minister (PM) Xanana Gusmão to present on the allegations of Alfredo Reinado that Xanana is the 'intellectual' author of the 2006 crisis.

"As the PM of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão has to tell all people about the accusation by Alfredo Reinado which said that he is the 'intellectual' author of the 2006 crisis," said Manuel Tilman in his political declaration on Tuesday (22/1) in the NP, Dili.

Furthermore, Adriano Nascimento from the Democratic Party (PD) asked PM Xanana to reveal the actions of the Task Force for the cases of Reinado and the petitioners. (STL and DN)

Bishop Basilio is surprised by the presence of the ISF in Baucau

Bishop Basilio Nascimento from Baucau Diocese said that he is surprised with the presence of the International Security Forces (ISF) who are walking around Baucau district.

"I am surprised when in see soldiers walking around. There was no helicopter in Baucau when the nation was in crisis. Now all is calm, there are Australian helicopters flying around us.

I get no explanation from the government, political parties or the NP why there are Australian soldiers all around in the country. Previously, they were only in Dili. I don't know who decided this," said Bishop Basilio on Friday (18/1) in Baucau. (TP)

NP to look into possibility of calling Xanana The Vice President of the NP Vicente Guterres declared that the NP will look into the possibility of calling on current PM Xanana Gusmão to respond to opposition pressures related to the accusations made against him by Alfredo Reinado's.

"We'll find time to discuss with parties' leaders in the NP whether we can invite PM Xanana Gusmão to come to the NP or not," said Vice President NP Guterres in the NP, Dili.

NP member from Democratic Party (PD), Adriano Nascimento, also said that PM Xanana should give a political statement to the public to avoid confusion amongst the people (TP, TVTL and DN)

Afonso de Jesus: people in districts are calm The Commander-Designate of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) Afonso de Jesus said that the people in thirteen districts around the country are living in calm thanks to the security situation which is guaranteed by the United Nations Police (UNPol), PNTL and the community of Timor-Leste.

Commander Afonso de Jesus said that the security situation has been calm thanks to the cooperation of the community with the PNTL in the New Year. (DN)

US: rejects providing uniform to Alfredo

The Ambassador of the United States of America in Timor-Leste Hans Klemm rejected the rumour that the recent US Ambassador in Timor-Leste was providing military uniforms to Alfredo Reinado and his group.

"The uniform might be the same as the uniform worn by the US military, especially the marine corps, but this is just a coincidence," said Ambassador Hans on Tuesday (22/1) in a press conference in Farol, Dili.

Ambassador Hans asked the media to show a strong commitment to the truth and report responsibly. (DN)

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES: Televizaun Timor-Leste (TVTL) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Timor Post (TP) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional (DN) Semanário Nacional (SN) Tempo Semanal (TS)


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