Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 19 August 2008
(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does
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PM: Gov will be responsible for the 12 Nov victims – TVTL
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that the government will take into
demands of the victims and the families of the massacres that took place
in the Santa Cruz
cemetery on 12 November 1991. The PM promised that the Government would
support efforts to find the sites were victims of the massacre were
PNTL officers suspended for misuse of funds- TVTL
The Minister of Defence and Security has suspended eight PNTL officers
who were found to
have misused funds during the Joint Operation Command. The officers have
been suspended for three months and will have their salaries reduced.
The Prime Minster said that the decision to suspend the officers was
based on the results of an investigation into the Joint Operation.
Gov won’t tolerate PNTL who break the law- TVTL
The Minister of Defence and Security has said that he will not tolerate
PNTL officers who break the law. This comment was made in relation to
the performance of an officer who had organized some youth to attack the
police station in Fatumeta on 17 July 2008. The officer responsible was
suspended for forty five days during which he did not receive a salary.
The Minister said that these measures were part of the reform the
Government wanted to initiate in the PNTL.
Prosecutor-General defends secrecy around report- RTL
The Prosecutor-General, Longuinos Monteiro, has defended the decision of
the Public Ministry to not publicise the report on the 11 February
events as the investigation is sill ongoing. Mr Monteiro said that the
report would be revealed once the investigation had ended and the
evidence presented to the courts.
Alkatiri doubts ability of AMP to deliver pipeline to TV – Diario
Fretilin’s Secretary-General Mari Alkatiri said that he doesn’t believe
the Government will be
able to convince the Australian Government to create a pipeline to
Timor-Leste. According to Mr Alkatiri, the Government’s words cannot be
backed with concrete action as there does not exist any current
mechanism or law to create such a pipeline.
Telecommunications Decree Law prepared – Tiimor Post
The Minister of Finance Emilia Pires has confirmed that the Government
has created a
decree law for communications which would allow another
telecommunications company to compete with Timor Telecom. Minister Pires
said that the new policy would allow for constructive competition.
New support for rice prices- The Bangkok Post, 19 August
CHATRUDEE THEPARAT & PHUSADEE ARUNMAS- The government plans to begin
another rice-pledging scheme in November for the main paddy crop in a
bid to shore up domestic rice prices.
Commerce Minister Chaiya Sasomsab said the pledging price would be no
less than the 14,000 baht per tonne offered currently for second-crop
Mr Chaiya said earlier that the price could be as high as 15,000 baht a
tonne for regular paddy and 19,000 baht for jasmine rice paddy.
However, exporters warned that proposed higher prices might affect
export competitiveness, given the high price gap between Thai rice and
rice from other countries.
The government bought 1.2 million tonnes of paddy _ equivalent to around
720,000 tonnes of milled rice _ from farmers under a buying scheme for
the second crop that started on June 15. Purchases are due to end on
Mr Chaiya also said that the government was confident it could clear the
entire 2.1 million
tonnes of rice in its old stockpile, and another 1.2 million tonnes
bought from the latest pledging scheme.
The government yesterday agreed to sell 120,000 tonnes of 15% white rice
to Timor-Leste. Thailand will deliver the first lot of 30,000 tonnes
under a government-to-government deal at $860 per tonne, with the
remainder to be handled by private exporters.
Last week, the government signed a letter of intent to sell 100,000
tonnes of 25% white rice a year via private exporters under a three-year
contract with Djibouti.
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