Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 20 June 2008

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles sent out separately to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]

(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)

Xanana: “No business monopolies” – Suara Timor Lorosa’e

The Prime Minister has authorized the PNTL to arrest any business person who sells rice at an inflated price. Prime Minister Gusmão said yesterday that the Government is trying to intervene to regulate the prices in the market. In relation to this, the Government has invited district commanders from all districts to decide on a convenient mechanism of coordination in order to handle this case. The PM said again that anyone who sells rice for more than US$16 will be arrested.

Horta: investigations into human rights abuses to continue – Suara Timor Lorosa’e

President Jose Ramos Horta has instructed the PNTL and F-FDTL to continue investigating the officers who have committed human rights violations during and after the Joint Operation Command. According to the President, F-FDTL and PNTL must be serious in investigating these abuses otherwise the reputation of these two institutions will be tainted, as a consequence people will not believe and respect these them.

“I heard there have been allegations of human rights abuses. I want a deep investigation into this,” said the President.

Australia-China: big commitment to continue supporting F-FDTL – Timor Post

The Government of Australia and China will keep their commitment to support the F-FDTL to become a professional institution capable of serving the people as well as contributing to the security of the nation.

The Australian Ambassador for Timor Leste Peter Heyward said that as neighbouring countries and friends, Australia and Timor Leste have established a lot of bilateral agreements. These include assistance for the F-FDTL and the Ministry of Defence along with supporting the development of infrastructure. In the coming days, Australia wants to cooperate with the F-FDTL on how to provide qualified training for the F-FDTL as well as providing the appropriate military equipment.


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