Subject: UNMIT's Daily Media Review 24 January 2008

Thursday, 24 January 2008


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National Media Reports

TVTL news coverage TL-Malaysia: signing maintenance on the vehicles of F-FDTL:

The government of Timor-Leste will sign an accord with the Malaysian governmentfor vehicles maintenance on Wednesday (23/1) in the Government Palace in Dili.

The State Secretary of Defence Julio Thomas Pinto said that the objective of the Accord is to obtain vehicle maintenance and training on maintenance. (DN, STL, TP and TVTL)

RTL news coverage Alfredo Reinado will not appear in his second trial in the court: Alfredo Reinado Alves said that he will not appear in court today for his second trial as the judicial system of Timor-Leste does not follow the public's interest, rather it only follows and fulfills the political interests of certain people.

Reinado also said that the Court is not impartial in dealing with people who were directly involved in the 2006 crises as they have still not been charged.

Reinado said he will not appear in court until the country’s legal system is improved as he wants a military court with Timorese judges.

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Carrascalão: should form new Task Force for Alfredo’s case The President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Mario Carrascalão has stated that a new and improved independent Task Force is needed to solve the Alfredo Reinado and petitioners’ problems.

According to Mr. Carrascalão the recent Task Force has no credibility and neutrality to solve such case.

“… to have a good solution, the Task Force should be formed with independent persons to find common ways between two paths,” said Mr. Carrascalão on Wednesday (23/1). (TP and DN)

Allegation to Alkatiri and Xanana: same form, vague objective

The Fretilin Member of the National Parliament (NP) Joaquim dos Santos said that the allegation by Alfredo Reinado against the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão as the author of 2006 crisis and Mari Alkatiri as the weapons distributor are old.

He said the two allegations are the same as old allegations. He said the reasons for him repeating them are not clear and as allegations, they have a vague objective. (DN)

Pope Bento XIV, happy with a calm situation in Timor-Leste President (PR) José Ramos-Horta ha met Pope Bento XVI and briefed him about the situation in Timor-Leste and his efforts to have reconciliation in the country.

PR Ramos-Horta said that the Pope expressed contentment with the situation and encouraged Timor-Leste to continue the process of dialogue and the national reconciliation. (DN)

Arsenio Bano: “PM Xanana needs to give response to the allegation of Alfredo” Fretilin Vice President Arsenio Bano said that PM Xanana Gusmão might not be arrogant, but he should respect people by responding to the allegation made against him by Alfredo Reinado.

Mr Bano’s comments follow President Ramos-Horta’s intention to reconcile Fretilin with the Majority Alliance Party to solve national problems.

“Fretilin proposed a grand inclusive government last year but was rejected but now we are being called upon to help solver the challenges, said Mr. Bano on Wednesday (23/1) in the NP.

He also said that the problems of Alfredo Reinado, the Petitioners and the IDPs will not solved within a year as promised by a recent government campaign. (DN)

Arsenio Bano: Benevides, a politician or lawyer?

Vice President of Fretilin Arsenio Bano said that the lawyer of Alfredo Reinado, Mr. Benevides Barros seemed to be a politician by giving constant political statements to the public.

Mr. Bano was responding the comments made by Alfredo’s lawyer, Benevides Barros who asked some parties to use his client to create confusion and instability in the country. (DN)

Adriano Nascimento: Task Force’s work should explain to the people

The Parliamentary Member from the Democratic Party, Adriano Nascimento said that the government needs to explain the work of the Task Force working to solve the Reinado and the Petitioners problems.

Mr. Nascimento said that as a representative of the people, the NP should know the work of Task Force which has taken 5 months but gives no sign that the problems Alfredo Reinado and the Petitioners are going to be solved. (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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