Subject: Daily Media Review 03 March 08

Monday, 03 March 2008


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Rebel surrenders: The Commander of the Falintil-Defence Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) and the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) Joint Operation, Filomeno Paixão, said that one of the rebels, Amaro 'Susar' da Costa, had surrendered to the F-FDTL and PNTL Joint Operation on Monday (02/03) in the sub-district of Turiscai, Same. Susar was presented to Prime Minister Gusmão in the Government Palace in Dili by the Joint Operation.

Commander Paixão said that Susar was persuaded by the President of ASDT, Francisco Xavier do Amaral, along with the population of Turiscai, to surrender himself, his two weapons and some ammunition. "Our brother Susar has joined us since last night. The Joint Operation is very happy with this attitude," said Commander Paixão.

Commander Paixão also confirmed that the Joint Operation had directly contacted Gastão Salsinha and was urging him to surrender.

Horta's health improves: The Former Health Minister, Rui Maria de Araujo, said that the President was able to see visitors as his health was improving. "His recovery is going well. PR Ramos-Horta has had a special visit from Acting President Fernando Lasama de Araujo, Special Representative of Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare, and Former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri," said Mr. Araujo.

PM: Dialogue won't solve problems: Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has said that the Government will not rely on dialogue to solve the problems faced by the petitioners gathered in Aitarak Laran, Dili. However, the PM did say that Government had another mechanism to resolve the issues and that this would be discussed with the petitioners later in the week.

"I want you to know that now there is no dialogue. Before, we were asking for you to engage in dialogue with your leaders… but some of you thouught that you were more powerful than the State and made us lose two years …," said the PM on Saturday (02/03)) in Aitarak Laran Dili.

The Prime Minister has also given one more week for the rest of the petitioners to come to Dili, saying that their continuing absence indicates that they don't want to look for peaceful solutions.

Print Coverage Susar: "I was involved in the attacks against the PR's residence": Rebel member Amaro 'Susar' da Costa has surrendered to the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation on Monday (02/03) in sub-district Turiscai, Same. During an F-FDTL and PNTL Joint Operation press conference held on Sunday (02/03), the former member of the Rapid Intervention Unit (UIR) of PNTL, Susar, said that he was involved in the attacks against the residence of PR Ramos-Horta along with Alfredo Reinado. Susar has been presented to Prime Minister Gusmão in the Government Palace in Dili by the Joint Operation. (DN)

Carrascalão: February 11, an international political conspiracy: The President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Mario Viegas Carrascalão, believes the attacks against PR Ramos-Horta and PM Xanana Gusmão to have been caused by an international political conspiracy.

"Maybe the groups doing the attack were backed by some people. There were rumours that there was USD20000 found in Alfredo's pocket when he died. Some people may have given him this money before he died, or put the money in his pocket after he died. His body may have been dumped in Metiaut after being shot in another place," said Mr. Carrascalão.

Carrascalão also reiterated his desire for Timor-Leste to establish an International Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate the events shrouded in so much mystery. (DN)

Petitioners increase to 607: The Spokesperson of the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation, Lieutenant Colonel Filomeno Paixão, said that the numbers of petitioners gathered in Aitarak Laran had increased to 607 by Sunday afternoon (02/03). Separately, F-FDTL Major Marcos Tilman said that the Government is showing its commitment to resolve the problems by providing security and other facilities for the gathering place. (DN)

TMR: Salsinha's group don't deserve weapons: The Commander of the F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation, Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, has said that the Joint Operation is continuing in its efforts to urge Salsinha and his group to follow their friends and come to Aitarak Laran, Dili. "They know our position. We will still give them time to make a decision; a decision with no violence," said TMR. (TP)

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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