Subject: Timor Leste Daily Media News September 5 2008 

House construction for the veterans in Lautem does not follow the agreement, says Luta Hamutuk -- Diário Nacional, 5 September

The construction of houses for veterans from the district of Lautem which was scheduled to finish by this year is not finish yet according to the existing agreement.

A national Non-Governmental Organization Luta Hamutuk (Struggle Together) which closely monitors the reconstruction process urged the government to clarify this matter to the public.

A spokesperson for the organization Joãozito Viana made this statement during a press conference held at the office of Luta Hamutuk in Farol, Dili.

"We urge the Secretary of State for the Veterans and Combatants to clarify to the public why there is slowness from the Ministry of Finance in financing the project," Joãozito said.

The construction of 100 houses for veterans started in July 2007 and was financially supported by the People's Republic of China with the total amount of US$1 million.

Accordingly, about 19 houses are built for the veterans in Lautem and according to the agreement the houses had to be transferred to the veterans on November 27th, 2007. He also said the veterans do not want to stay in those houses due to the size of the houses is too small.

The report of the TFC is not different from the CAVR's, says MP Carmelita -- Diario Nacional, 5 September

Vice-President of Committee A Carmelita Moniz said though the report of the Truth and Friendship Commission had been submitted to the National Parliament the report itself is not different from the report of the CAVR.

Ms Moniz added the Parliament had obtained the report though the members have not read the report yet. However, she thinks that generally the recommendations are similar in content to the recommendations of the CAVR.

She commented the state to pay serious attention to the rights of the victims.

"I have a big expectation (on that, red) because it is the state's responsibility to attend the needs and interests of the victims," she said.

She added that in the near future, the Committee will discuss the recommendations of the TFC to come up with resolutions that the government should act upon in terms of legislating to accommodate the 1999 victims' rights.

National entrepreneurs meet with PM -- Diario Nacional, 5 September

National entrepreneurs from Timor-Leste's Chamber of Industry and Timor-Leste's Forum of Entrepreneurs met with the East Timor's Prime Minister Thursday (4/9). The representatives urged the government to improve tender process and to provide legal protection for their economic activities.

Secretary General of the Timor-Leste's Forum of Entrepreneurs Jorge Serrano said that the meeting was a regular meeting between the government and local business association.

One of the businessmen, Rui Castro, said during the meeting, "We suggested on how to improve tendering system to make it more transparent."

Rui also added, the government needs also to put in place legal frameworks necessary to protect local businessmen as government bids are normally won by international businessmen. He also said that the flow of communication between the government and local business association is poor.

Japan provides US $ 88, 000 to Timorese deformities -- Timor Post, 5 September

The Japanese Government helps support Timor-Leste's deformities with US $ 88, 000. The funding support will be spent for construction office building for deformities.

After signing the agreement, Japanese Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Kenzi Sumiji said the funding support would help the Timorese deformities in the country to exercise their own rights.

The ambassador said based on the data collected by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) that 45% of Timorese deformities in the rural areas were yet to get supporting aid.

Director for Avaliasaun, Mario Cardoso was pleased with the funding support by the Japanese Government, as it would be useful for the deformities.

Gusmao should also face inquiry, says Fretilin's Branco -- Timor Post, 5 September

Following the inquiry made by the Human Rights and Justice Ombudsman (PDHJ) to the minister for agriculture in recent days, Fretilin MP Francisco also urges the PDHJ to have similar inquiry to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.

Inquiry to the Minister for Agriculture, Mariano "Asanami" Sabino Lopes was made, because he was alleged of involving maladministration by signing a MOU with Indonesian Company on land deals for planting sugar can. Branco stressed the PDHJ should have inquiry to Gusmao, because the Indonesian Company had relationship with Gusmao's political party.

UN concerns about human rights violation by PNTL -- Timor Post, 5 September

The UN Acting Police Commissary, Joao Carlos Arevalo, said the UN Police would hand over mandate to the Timorese National Police (PNTL), but was still concerned about human rights violation committed by the PNTL officers.

"According to the plan our mandate would come to end in May 2009, yet the UN Police is still concerned about human rights violation committed by the PNTL officers," Arevalo said. Arevalo said the UN Police would help strengthen the discipline of the PNTL, so that people would have police that could better serve them.

F-FDTL proposes US $ 10 million to be allocated to defense force's programs -- Televisaun Timor-Leste, 5 September

State Secretary for Defense, Julio Thomas Pinto, said in the state budget of 2009, F-FDTL proposed US $ 10 million to be allocated to the activities of the defense force in future.

Pinto made the comments yesterday after meeting with the F-FDTL's official, talking the defense force plan based on fiscal envelope year which was determined by the ministry of planning and finance. The F-FDTL Chief of Staffs, Lere Anan Timur, said the proposed budget was adequate to be allocated to F-FDTL's programs.

There is possibility to recruit national advisors, says Pinto -- Televisaun Timor-Leste, 5 September

State Secretary for Defense, Julio Thomas Pinto, said there was possibility to recruit national advisors to help support the defense force.

The state secretary made the comments yesterday after meeting with the Timorese Defense Force officials, talking on activities would be implemented in 2009.

"We can recruit Timorese who are capable to be national advisors for the defense forces to help develop the country," Pinto said.

Pinto added currently F-FDTL had international advisors from Australia and Portugal, but the Government should now recruit national advisors based on their capability and this was made to avoid expenses of the sate budget.

UN will handover mandate to Timorese police -- Timor Newsline (Online News), 4 September

The UN police will hand over mandate to the Timorese National Police known as PNTL and hopes that the Government will help support PNTL with adequate logistics based upon four criterions before taking up responsibility.

During a press conference held today (4/9), the UN Police Commissary Joào Carlos Arevalo said the four criterions were institutional stability, security management, certificated police officers and logistic supports.

The commissary said the UN police would continue advising and monitoring the PNTL officers during their working time and called on them to be responsible for doing their tasks.

The UN will keep improving skills of the PNTL officers by providing them training, so that they could better serve the people, the commissary said.

He added the UN police will hand over mandate to the PNTL next year and was still being planned.

PM Gusmão thanks residents -- Televisaun and Radio Timor-Leste, 4 September

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has thanked the residents for their initiative of handing in illegal weapons to the security forces.

The prime minister made the comments today (4/9) after participating in a trilateral meeting between the Timorese Defense Ministry, the UN police and the International Stabilization Forces (ISF) at the Palace of the Government.

Gusmão said the campaign of recalling illegal weapons had reached positive result, as the residents wanted to contribute to the peace and stability in the country.

"Today we talked about general situation of the country. The situation is stable, because our people from day today hand in home-made weapons and other explosive things to the security forces," Gusmao added.

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