Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 10 July 2008

United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste


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

PM Xanana: Alkatiri’s Govt full of bad administration – Suara Timor Lorrosa’e

“I do not accept the comments made by Alkatiri and his administration accusing me of corruption of bad administration as Alkatiri’s own administration was full of mistakes. I will only accept such comments from the Bishops and Priests as they are not involved in the government,” said PM on Wednesday (9/7) in the Government Palace, Dili.

In relation to the recent controbersy over the rice contract, the PM said that Germano da Silva had won the tender to provide rice for the government through a proper process when he and the Minister of Tourism and Industry Gil Alves called the rice importers in last February.

“We asked them who had available warehouses and could distribute rice to Timor-Leste promptly. No one said anything. Only Germano raised his hands and we made the agreement in front of the others,” explained the PM.

CNJTL condemns the plan to buy cars and the actions of the PNTL’s – <Suara Timor Lorosa’e

The President of National Council of Timor-Leste Youth (CNJTL) has strongly condemned the National Parliament who are standing firm in their decisiokn to purchase cars while the people they represent go hungry.

CNJTL has also strongly condemned the PNTL for arresting the students during the demonstrations.

“If they really buy the cars, then they are not the peoples’ representatives. The are representing only themselves and their private interests,” said CNJTL President Leovegildo Hornay.

PNTL continues to arrest protesters – Diario Nacional<

The Acting Police Coordinator of Dili District Delfim da Silva said that PNTL will continue to arrest protesters from the National University as it is close to the National Parliament.

“We will arrest all the students of the university who hold the demonstrations in front of the National Parliament as the law does not allow protesters to have demonstrations within 100m of the NP,” said Delfim on Wednesday (9/7).

He confirmed that 51 university students are currently detained in police cells of Caicoli, Dili.


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