Subject: UNMIT Daily Media - 16 June 2008
[This is a reconstruction due to formating issue when the e-mail arrived at my end. The items are taken from the TL gov't website. - JMM/ETAN]
(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)
Guterres: conditions are needed to establish rule of law
Vice Prime Minister José Luis Guterres has said that certain conditions are needed to guarantee a democratic system. “We need to create conditions for all institutions who take part in the State of Timor-Leste to guarantee a democratic system,” said Mr. Guterres in his briefing at the inauguration of Dili District Court office on Friday (13/6) in Dili.
Mr. Guterres said that the Government intends to create appropriate conditions for the justice sector even though the justice sector is not functioning well in many areas. He also said optimistically that the Government has resolved many of the nation’s problems, such as IDPs, petitioners, veterans and the elderly and will now turn its attention to improve the quality of work.
(Suara Timor Lorosa’e )
Government signs reform of security sector with UNDP-RTL, 14 June
The Government has signed an agreement to reform the security sector with the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) until 2009. At the Government Palace yesterday, PM Xanana Gusmão said during his speech that this support offered by the UN to the Government will guarantee the sustainability of human development. The PM added that this cooperation is a part of the overall support to the Government in order to assist with the Government’s efforts to reform and the development the security sector.
“The State of Timor Leste is a group which is collectively protected by the President of the Republic, the National Parliament and the Government who pay attention to the security in our country,” said the PM. The agreement of cooperation was signed by the PM and the UNDP Representative.
This agreement will also help strengthen the capacity of both officials and national authorities in the areas of foreign affairs, justice, customs, intelligence, fishing protection, border control, natural disaster, finance, maritime protection, health and the PNTL and F-FDTL. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General Atul Khare said that the reform of security sector is a step to reinforce and help this nation in establishing itself as a stronger democratic nation and to promote human rights.
Ramos-Horta surprised at NP plans to create law to buy luxurious car
President José Ramos-Horta said he was surprised to hear that the National Parliament (NP) is creating a law to justify the purchase of 65 luxurious cars for each MP. “I do not accept this as people are still suffering,” said PR Horta in a community dialogue on Friday (13/6) in sub-district Laleia, Manatuto.
The President suggested that it is good for the National Parliament to buy cars for each bench or commissions and/or a mini bus for the daily transportation of MPs. (Suara Timor Lorosa’e and Diario Nacional ).
UNDP supports security sector
Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão signed an agreement between the Government of Timor-Leste and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP to formalize support for the security sector reform in Timor-Leste on Friday (13/6).
The Review will encompass a comprehensive evaluation of the security sector in order to support the Government’s efforts to reform and develop national institutions. The Review will be carried out by national institutions with UN assThe overall aim of the Review is to strengthen the nation’s ability to protect itself, both internally and externally. It will do this by identifying threats, proposing steps to ensure that the security architecture is able to mitigate them, and by helping develop the capacity of public servants and national authorities to implement those measures in accordance with the democratic principles of law. istance.
The Review will consider all areas connected with the sector including, foreign affairs, customs, intelligence services, justice, fisheries protection, border control, natural disasters, finance, maritime protection, health and the police and army.
The Review will allow the authorities of Timor-Leste to further the work they have undertaken in the sector so far and to fine tune its national security policy. It will also provide national authorities with the tools they require to make informed decision in the implementation of this policy.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Timor-Leste Atul said: “The review, reform and development of the security sector are vital to strengthening institutions that can weather future crisis without external assistance and that will help Timor-Leste establish itself as a strong democracy, upholding the rule of law and promoting human rights.”
Furthermore, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) and UNDP Resident Representative Finn Reske-Nielsen said: “The reform of the security sector is based on the fact that the stability of a nation and its development go hand-in-hand. Without stability based on democratic principles and firmly anchored in a respect for human rights, sustainable human development can not be achieved.” (Suara Timor Lorosa’e )
State Secretary for Defense: 50 veterans to retire from F-FDTL by end of 2008
The State Secretary for Defense, Julio Tomas Pinto, said that at least 50 veterans have decided to retire from the F-FDTL by the end of 2008 and return to civilian life as veterans. “Those veterans will receive a pension fund as has been planned,” said Mr Pinto on Wednesday (11/06) in his office at Palacio.(Timor Post )