Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 21 August 2008
(International news reports and extracts from
national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)
Gusmao and Horta call for defense force and police to contribute to
stability- Timor Post, 21 August
President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao have called
for the Timorese
Defense Force (F-FDTL) and National Police (PNTL) to keep contributing
to the country's peace and stability.
The President and the Prime Minister made the calls yesterday during a
ceremony for the 33rd commemoration day of the Timorese National
Liberation Army (FALINTIL) at the Palace of the Government. "I am
calling on these two institutions, F-FDTL and PNTL to show good
example and performance to the people to contribute to the peace and
stability in the country," PR Horta said.
PR Horta added the country's state bodies would allocate amount of money
to develop more both F-FDTL and PNTL in future. PM Gusmao said these
two security forces should guarantee security and stability in the
Australia provides $US50 million to Timor-Leste- Timor Post, 21 August
The Australian Government, through its International Development Agency
provided $US50 million to Timor-Leste through the Ministry of Health and
Infrastructures to help improve people's lives.
Deputy Director for Ausaid Richard Moore said these funds would be spent
for water supply and sanitation in rural areas. Moore said the
Australian Government wanted to help the Timorese Government, as they
did not want to see the country's people to keep living in poverty. More
said they were pleased, because the Timorese Government and its people
wanted to accept aid support.
Better to reinforce PDHJ than set up anti-corruption commission, says MP
Florindo-Timor Post, 21 August
The Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) MPs initiated to set up an
anti-corruption commission in Timor-Leste, but Fretilin MPs have
rejected the Government's proposal of setting up this commission.
MP Osorio Florindo Fretilin said that there was no need to set up many
commissions for combating corruption. What is needed is to establish a
proper system and for the Government to better reinforce the country's
Human Rights Ombudsmen known as PDHJ, because PDHJ was also working
towards combating corruption.
Democratic Party MP Vital do Santos said he firmly defended the
Government's initiative of
setting up the proposed commission, as it would help combat corruption
in the country.
Horta sets deadline for recalling illegal weapons- Diario Nacional, 21
President Jose Ramos Horta has set a deadline for civilians to hand over
illegal weapons at large in the community to the security forces.
President Horta said all residents should hand
over illegal weapons to the security forces until the end of this month
[August]. Horta said only the security forces, such as Timorese Defense
Force (F-FDTL) and National Police were allowed to carry weapons. Horta
called on the F-FDTL, PNTL, International Stabilization Force (ISF) and
the UN police to find civilians who were carrying illegal weapons.
Gumao: Timor-Leste still needs ISF as country's situation still
volatile- Dairio Nacional, 21 August
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said that given thatthe stability of the
country was still volatile, the country still needed the deployment of
the International Stabilization Forces (ISF).
Gusmao made the comments yesterday after participating in the ceremony
commemoration day of the Timorese National Liberation Army (FALINTIL) at
the Palace of the Government. "We have seen many problems around the
world, such as state coups and murders, therefore do not think that
things have improved. We still need the ISF's presence," Gusmao said.
Gusmao said that before developing a law for internal and defense
security, the country should first produce a national security law.
F-FDTL does not belong to political parties: Father Gusmao- Suara Timor
Loro Sa'e, 21 August
Director for Commission of Peace and Justice, Father Martinho Gusmao,
said he was pleased with some significant changes within the country's
defense force. Mr Gusmao said to improve the security force institutions
in future, leaders who are in charge of this institution should have
similar vision with the Minister for Defense Xanana Gusmao, Defense
Secretary Julio Thomas Pinto and State Secretary for Security Francisco
da Silva Guterres.
Mr Gusmao said these leaders had a combined vision to help develop the
national spirit of
F-FDTL to be truly a state instrument, not belonging to political
parties. Gusmao therefore
considered this was significant changes which were made in the country's
Deadline set for police officers on the run with Reinado- Radio
Televisaun Timor Leste, 21 August State Secretary for Security Francisco
da Silva Guterres has set a deadline for the police officers who were on
the run with former rebel leader, Alfredo Reinado Alves, to participate
in dialouge with the police command.
The state secretary was referring to the proposed dialouge as a solution
to the problem of the police officers who were on the run with Reinado
during the country's recent crisis. Guterres said he had discussed the
issue with the police's top commander and had set a deadline to resolve
this problem; September 15 would be the last day to be given to those
police officers to participate in the dialogue.
Ausaid provides funds to improve Timorese youths- Radio Televisaun Timor
Leste, 21 August
The Australian Government through Ausaid is to provide eight million to
help improve the
technical skills of the Timorese youths. The Minister for Education has
signed an agreement
with the Australian Government about providing the funds on Monday
(18/8) at the Ministry of Education.
State Secretary for Professional Training and Employment Bendito do
Santos Freitas said the
agreement was important to professionalize the youths in future. The
Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Heyword, said there was a
possibility for his Government to continue
providing scholarships for the Timorese to continue their studies.
Horta calls on Timorese security forces to continue cooperating with ISF
and UN police- Tevelizaun Timor Leste, 20 August
President Jose Ramos Horta has called on the Timorese Security Forces,
Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL), and National Police (PNTL) to continue
cooperating with the International stabilization forces (ISF) and the UN
police in restoring peace and stability in the country.
Horta made the calls today during a speech marking the ceremony for
commemorating the day of Timorese Liberation Army (FALINTIL) at the
Palace of the Government. Horta also thanked F-FDTL and PNTL that had
been successful in the joint operation and were able to concentrate all
Horta stressed the F-FDTL and PNTL should keep \building good
cooperation with the ISF and UN police in the country, because they had
been good friends of the country's security forces.
President Horta calls for F-FDTL and PNTL to abide by mission- Radio
Timor Leste, 20 August
President Jose Ramos Horta has called for the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL)
Police (PNTL) to abide by their mission to secure both internal and
The president said F-FDTL and PNTL should show good performance in
conducting their duties within the community, so that people could
Horta made the calls today during a speech marking the ceremony for
commemorating day of
Timorese National Liberation Army known as FALINTIL at the Palace of the
Horta expressed appreciation to the F-FDTL's Command that stood firmly
with the spirit of the constitution to defend their institution during
the country's crises in 2006.
Horta also thanked the International Stabilization Forces (ISF) and the
UN for their
security assistances during the country's recent crises.
Timorese intelligence service still weak, says PM Gusmao- Televisaun
Timor Leste, 20 August
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said the country's recent crises in 2006
had showed the country's intelligence service were still weak, therefore
it needed to be improved.
The prime minister made the comments today after participating in the
ceremony of the
commemoration day of Timorese National Liberation Army (FALINTIL) at the
Palace of the Government.
Gusmao said if the country's intelligence service was good, he did
trusted that President Horta was not shot by the rebels. Therefore,
there should be training to be provided for the country's intelligence
services, so that skills of its members could be improved.
Gusmao added Timor-Leste still needed presence of the United Nations in
the country, because security situation of the country was still
Gusmao calls on Timorese Defense Force to guarantee security in the
Country- Radio Timor Leste, 20 August
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has called on the Timorese Defense Force
(F-FDTL) to maintain and guarantee security in the country based on the
compromises and efforts made in the past.
The prime minister made the calls this morning after participating
ceremony for the commemoration day of Timorese National Liberation Army
known as FALINTIL at the Palace of the Government. Gusmao said F-FDTL as
the country's defense force should abide by the constitution and the law
Gusmao added the Government and other state bodies were currently
holding discussion on the defense and security policy making.
Boswell backs call for more East Timor guest workers- Stock and Land, 21
Allowing guest workers from East Timor to work in north Western
Australia is a win-win situation, according to Senator Ron Boswell. It
gets much needed workers in to help industry in the remote Kimberly
region and helps neighbours with high unemployment.
“During a recent visit to East Timor, I saw at first hand how urgently
many East Timorese needed jobs and training. Communist regimes such as
China and Cuba are doing a lot in East Timor and it is in Australia’s
interests to do what we can as well,” he says.
An agreement has been signed with the WA government.
“There is a specific proposal for 300 employees and trainees and 100
occupational trainees to help meet labour shortages in tourism, forestry
and aquaculture," he says.
"Employers would pay for transport, accommodation and meals.”
“If there is a need that is not being filled by locals, then why not
look to East Timor? – which is actually handier geographically than
Brisbane, Sydney or Perth.”
“The last thing we need on our doorstep is a nation where the young male
nothing to do, no jobs, no training and no money.
"That is a recipe for political instability and continuing demands on
our peacekeeping resources.
“Practical aid in terms of a few hundred jobs that Australians don’t
want, can make a big
difference to the families of the East Timorese workers.”
Senator Boswell said that he also supported in principle, the use of
guest workers in the horticulture industries.
National rural news from Rural Press agricultural weekly newspapers,
Stuart acquires $85 million Timor Sea oil field-Scandanavian Oil and
Gas, 20 August
A major stake in a Timor Sea oil field discovered by BHP Petroleum has
been acquired by
Adelaide-based oil and gas explorer and producer, Stuart Petroleum
In an $85 million venture, Stuart will sole fund the drilling of an
appraisal well on the Oliver
oilfield, 700 kilometres west of Darwin and 30 kilometres north of the
Jabiru production licences.
The Company will also undertake all engineering studies up to a Final
Investment Decision (FID) authorising development, to earn its 50%
interest in Oliver.
Drilling of the Oliver-2 appraisal well, and the associated engineering
studies, is expected to
cost around $60 million. The sale agreement also commits Stuart to then
additionally sole fund the first $25 million of development expenditure
for the field.
Stuart will examine a range of funding options including debt and equity
to fund these initial
project commitments, and is targeting maiden production from Oliver by
the end of 2011.
The Oliver interest is being acquired from a proportional selldown by a
range of companies
controlled by well known and respected Melbourne-based petroleum
entrepreneur, Mr Geoff
Albers, whose Albers Group is one of the largest independent holders of
offshore petroleum permits in Australia.
Stuart assumes Operatorship of the Oliver field in the
Australian-administered section of AC/P33 in the Timor Sea Permit, from
BHPB discovered a 170-metre column of oil, gas and condensate from 2,927
metres depth in the Oliver-1 exploration well in 1988 - the field
remaining undeveloped since due largely to then historic low oil prices.
Today’s announcement is the second offshore expansion by Stuart this
year - with the Company to commence drilling next month, as Operator and
50% farminee, on the 100 million barrel five zone Bazzard-1 oil well in
the Gippsland Basin, its first move offshore.
“What differentiates our new Timor Sea holding from our Gippsland
activity is that Oliver is a
new field ready for immediate development, not an exploration play,”
Stuart Petroleum’s Managing Director, Mr Tino Guglielmo, said today.
“The acquisition is a very deliberate strategy to evolve and expand our
maiden offshore portfolio in a manner best able to deliver near-term
production balanced with exposure to significant exploration upside,” Mr
“Our own interpretation of Oliver, validated by subsequent independent
review, of recently
acquired 3D seismic over the Oliver acreage, has resulted in estimated
recoverable liquids in the range of 9.9 million barrels to 33 million
barrels of oil and condensate, with a mean volume of 19.3 million
barrels. Stuart’s share totals 9.6 million barrels.
”On this basis and with this focus, Stuart should now be viewed as an
exploration and production company transitioning to primarily an
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Timor-Leste-Portugal sign agreement on developing justice sector – Timor
Post, 22 August
The Timorese and Portuguese Government have signed agreements on
developing justice sector in Timor-Leste.
The Portuguese Government through its Justice Minister, Alberto da Costa
and Timorese Justice Minister, Lucia Lobato yesterday officially signed
two kinds of agreement and was witnessed by
Prime Minister Xanana
supported the country in the field of justice, such as providing legal
help Timorese legal practitioners.
Authority denies rumors on the release of Salsinha and followers – Timor
Poost, 22 August
Timorese authorities have denied rumors mongering that former rebel
leader, Gastao Salsinha and his followers have been released from
serving a provisional sentence in Dili's Becora jail on (20/8).
National Director for Prison, Helena Gomes said the rumors on the
release of Salsinha and
followers were unknown to her and said they were still being locked up
in the prison.
"The release of Salsinha and his followers are unknown to us, the fact
shows they are still in the prison," Gomes said.
She added Salsinha and his men should serve their provisional sentence,
as they had no right to be freed.
F-FDTL will use ships for watching over Timor Sea – Timor Post, 22
Timorese Defense Force
Lieutenant Colonel Pedro Klamar Fuik, said they
would use two ships that would be purchased by the Government from
China to watch over
the Timor Sea from illegal fishing.
The commander said many times foreigners had illegally conducted illegal
fishing in the
country's maritime zone, therefore the ships would help support them in
doing their tasks.
Klamar Fuik said the defense force's Naval Unit were facing major
problem, because they only had small ship and was incapable to control
all the maritime zones.
Gun law important
to be debated, says Lasama – Diario Nacional, 222 August
Parliamentary President Fernando "Lasama" Araujo, said the gun law was
very important as other laws and was urgent to be debated soon.
"The gun law is being top priority of the
Parliament to be
debated after passing one month
of quiet period," Lasama said.
Lasama said it was a decree law produced by the Government which aimed
at recalling all the illegal weapons and did not mean to distribute
weapons to the civilians.
Lasama said only the country's security forces and intelligence service
members were allowed to carry weapons.
F-FDTL reforms should go through educational investment, says Ruak –
Diario Nacional, 22 August
Timorese Defense Force Commander,
Taur Matan Ruak,
said in reforming the county's defense force should strongly be invested
in the field of education.
"Investment in the field of education is being responsibility of the
should be strong, so that people could have good skills and have good
conscience," the commander said.
Rua said the defense force would hold a new recruitment to the news
soldiers this year and
they currently waiting for military law to be approved by the
Agriculture minister meets with President Horta - Radio Televisaun
Timor-Leste, 22 August
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mariano "Asanami"
Sabino Lopes has met with
President Jose Ramos
Horta, talking on plaque inaugurating of
Nino Konis Santana
After meeting with the president, the minister said apart from talking
about the plaque of the
national park, they were also discussing the agricultural ministry's
activities on increasing
local products in the country.
Asanami said the president strongly supported his agricultural
activities, as it would help reduce poverty in the country.
Minister Asanami added President Horta had stated his readiness to hold
some official visits to directly look closer at the farming activities
held by the farmers in the field.
JICA will send Timorese youths to Japan – Radio Televiisaun Timor-Leste,
Japanese International Cooperation (JICA) will send 14 of Timorese
youths to Japan
for participating in training.
The training will be focusing on agriculture and rural development and
will help increase skills
of the Timorese in the field of agriculture.
Participants of the training comprised staffs of NGOs, media
practitioners and staffs of other organizations.
Timor-Leste expressed appreciation to the Japanese Government that had
many times helped the country, mainly in the rural development and
Japan has introduced an agricultural system that would be useful for the
country's farmers; the system was called "one village one product".
Need to amend constitution before setting up anti-corruption commission,
says Ximenes – Suara Timor Lorosa'e, 222 August
Timorese Human Rights and Justice Ombudsmen, Sebastião Diaz Ximenes,
said in setting up an anti-corruption in the country should firstly make
amendment to the constitution, the Article 132, because the article
stated only the Public Prosecution had the right to exercise process of
Ximenes said if the country wanted to set up the proposed commission was
similar to Indonesia's KKP, then it would exercise the role of the
Public Prosecution, because the KKP was allowed to hold investigation
into any case of corruption.
Ximenes proposed to the countries state bodies, such as Government and
Parliament to look at laws for human rights ombudsmen and public
prosecution, so that it could not be in conflict with each institution's
"We all want the anti-corruption commission to work well, therefore
should avoid double roles," He added.
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