Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 13 August 2008
[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list (firstname.lastname@example.org) have been removed.]
(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)
National Media Reports
Prosecutor-General Longuinhos Monteiro: 11 suspects identified involving money break-in – Televizaun Timor-Leste and Radiio Timor-Leste
The Prosecutor-General Longuinhos Monteiro said that he has identified 11 suspects who were involved in illegally taking money from the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL).
“We went through the process of investigation and we have identified 11 suspects who involved in the theft,” said PG Monteiro.
He said that 31 eye witnesses have been interviewed to provide information about the case.
Florindo: reduce the poverty, not distribute money. AMP: it’s the way – Diario Nacional
Fretilin’s MP Osorio Florindo said that some leaders want to reduce poverty by providing money, goods and rice; others want development.
“When we conduct monitoring at the community level, they receive money and rice, this is not fair,” said MP Osorio.
He asked the government to use a clear concept of development.
Separately, MP Domingos da Costa from ASDT said that he accepts the government’s plan and programs of providing money and rice as the majority people of the country are in the poverty.
Fretilin & KOTA preoccupied with the ESF – Televisaun Timor-Leste
As the opposition in the national parliament, Fretilin and KOTA preoccupied with the economic stabilization funds (ESF), the Director of Peace of Justice of Baucau Diocese Father Martinho Gusmão said that both the current government [AMP] and the opposition are the same as neither know about the legality of using the ESF.
“It is not a problem for me if the Court rules the ESF is unconstitutional. However, I believe that Mr Claudio [the president of the Court of Appeal] has capacity to make an effective decision,” said Fr. Gusmão.
He also said that MPs in the National Parliament seemed to not stand for the people [they represent] but are only using their political interest to insult each other.
Lasama: former Minister of Finance of Pakistan discusses the ESF – Timor Post and Diario Nacional
President of the National Parliament Fernando Lasama welcomed the former Minister of Finance of Pakistan Dr. Hafiz Hamed Pasha to discuss and share ideas about the economy issues of the country, including the economic stabilization funds (ESF).
President Horta’s visit in Philippines: signing MOU – Radio Timor-Leste
President José Ramos-Horta on his visit to Philippines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of bilateral cooperation with the Government of Philippines on education, fisheries and diplomatic training.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Zacarias Albano said that the bilateral cooperation will also enable the Philippines’ government to support TL in aviation and will welcome TL students who want to continue their studies in the Philippines.
“Hafiz is an economist, he said that Timor-Leste has a good chance to improve and develop its future. About the ESF, I told him that the parliament authorized the government to execute the budget as needed,” said Lasama.
Regarding the demands of the opposition, Lasama said that the decision of the court should be made fairly, to not only cover legal aspects but also based on the reality of the country.
PNTL to stop illegal gambling in Dili – Suara Timor Lorosa’e
The Deputy Commander of PNTL Dili district Delfin da Silva stated that PNTL has started to stop any illegal gambling spread in Dili.
“We know that the big problems in Dili are coming from the illegal gambling, such cases may create conflicts against humanity,” said Inspector Delfin.
Salsinha’s case pended: awaiting ballistic exam – Suara Timor Lorosa’e> The Prosecutor-General Longuinhos Monteiro said that Salsinha’s case will be proceeding to the Court as the ballistic examination is finished.
Related to Alfredo’s mobile phone and lap top, the Prosecutor-General said that he does not have the laptop, mobile phones and the sim card is in Australia.
Prosecutor Monteiro said that Alfredo’s Sim card was sent to Australia to find out some information which might no discovered in Timor Telecom.
International Media Reports
RI to host SEA principals’ meeting – <The Jakarta Post, 13 August JAKARTA: Indonesia will host the inaugural Conference of the South East Asia School Principals Forum (SEA-SPF) from August 15 to 18 in Jakarta.
Delegations from the 10 ASEAN member states and Timor Leste will take part in the four-day event, where principals will share experiences and best practices of school management.
"The school principals will also seek the possibility of initiating teacher and student exchange programs among participating countries," the National Education Ministry's director of educational practitioners, Surya Dharma, said Monday.
He said the conference was recommended during a roundtable meeting of ASEAN educational leaders in Bali last year.
The Bali meeting chose Indonesia as the permanent secretariat of the SPF, with Sugiarto, the principal of SMK 8 Jakarta vocational school, appointed as president.
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