Friday, 08 December 2006

National Media Reports

Due to the public holidays, the newspapers were not published today.

TVTL and Radio News Reporting – 07 December 2006

December 8 is an important day for the Catholic Church
Bishop Ricardo said yesterday that December 8 is an important day for the Catholic Church in Timor-Leste as well as the World, noting that on this day, the faithful Timorese Catholic celebrates the Immaculate Mary Conception as the Mother of the Universal Church. The Bishop called on all the Catholic Faithful to pray more so that love, peace and tranquility can return to the country. In spite of the security and political crisis that the country is facing there is hope for the best and that soon the crisis will end. On the same occasion the Bishop said that the Award of Orders is a good move by the government to acknowledge the brave people of Timor-Leste who gave their lives and time to fight for the liberation of Timor-Leste. Bishop Ricardo further said that for those who are still alive the Awards of Orders would further motivate them to work for the development of this young nation.
December 7 is a historical day for the people of Timor-Leste
The President of the Republic, Xanana Gusmão said that December 7 is an historical day for the people of Timor-Leste, and it is a good reason to have a holiday to celebrate that it was on this day that the Timorese showed their determination to defend the nation and her people against the Indonesian occupation. Gusmao pointed out that the celebration will enable people to realize once again that division will weaken the unity and the political determination for the country and that was the reason that Indonesia invaded the country. The President appealed for all to ‘recall the suffering of our people and to try and recommit ourselves to defend and to work for our beloved nation as ‘said by some of the national leaders’.
The appointment of the new Police Commissioner.
DSRSG, Mr. Eric Tan has announced the arrival of the new Police Commissioner who had joined the mission and said he has great length of policing experience which will enable him to contribute to the implementation of the mandate of UNMIT in the coming months.

International Media Reports
Japan to dispatch police to East Timor
The government has decided to dispatch three civilian police officers to East Timor for a United Nations mission aimed at quelling the renewed violence there, sources said. The government is now preparing to send a fact-finding team consisting of National Police Agency and Foreign Ministry officials to study the East Timor security situation before officially announcing the dispatch in early January. The dispatch of the officers will be Japan's first in seven years. The civilian police officers, one from the NPA and two from prefectural police departments, will take part in the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), the sources said. The United Nations had asked for 20 to 30 personnel, but Japan decided to keep the number to three because of safety concerns, the sources said. The officers are expected to pass on information about koban (police boxes) and play a major role in establishing the system in East Timor. Police boxes have been discussed as a measure to help restore law and order there. The previous U.N. peacekeeping operation in East Timor expired in May last year. However, security has deteriorated and violence has increased since May this year. The UNMIT was set up in August after the United Nations Security Council accepted Japan's proposal for the new peacekeeping mission. Tokyo's goal for East Timor is to build up social stability and enhance a "culture of democratic governance" in preparation for presidential and congressional elections next year. The UNMIT currently consists of up to 1,608 police officers and 34 military advisers. About 600 police officers have already been dispatched from the United States, Australia and Malaysia. Japan sent civilian police officers to Cambodia in 1993 under the PKO cooperation law. During that mission, Superintendent Haruyuki Takada was attacked and killed. Three civilian police officers were also dispatched to East Timor in 1999. (IHT/Asahi)

Police Commissioner Appointed In Timor-Leste
Friday, 8 December 2006, 10:18 am
Press Release: United Nations
Experienced Filipino Becomes Police Commissioner Of UN Mission In Timor-Leste
New York, Dec 7 2006 1:00PM
The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste has announced that a senior police adviser from the Philippines has been appointed as the Mission’s new Police Commissioner. Rodolfo Aser Tor, who joined UNMIT on Saturday, replaces Portugal’s Antero Lopes, who had been acting in the post since mid-August, the Mission said in a media statement released today. Mr. Tor’s lengthy career in policing includes a stint as Director of Plans and Director of Research and Development for the Philippine National Police and another as a regional police commander of two offices. Finn Reske-Nielsen, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Timor-Leste, welcomed the appointment, which follows an agreement last week for the Mission’s police component to assume responsibility as the interim law enforcement agency in the South-East Asian country. “We are at a critical juncture in UNMIT: the number of UN Police (UNPOL) officers is growing; they are expanding into the districts,” he said. “The PNTL (National Police of Timor-Leste) screening process is ongoing and the number of PNTLs in co-locations with UN POL officers is increasing. And UNMIT is gearing up for the 2007 elections. All of these elements will require expert coordination and command of an efficient UN POL service. For his part, Mr. Tor said he looked forward to his new duties and believed that “with hard work and perseverance from everyone involved we can successfully carry out the challenging mandate of UNMIT.” (Scoop Independent News)

Deep quake hits East Timor
8 December 2006
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck East Timor on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of damage, the Indonesian meteorology office said. The moderate earthquake occurred at 3:30 p.m. about 51 kilometers under the ocean floor some 162 kilometers southeast of the East Timorese capital of Dili, said Suwarto from the meteorology office here. He said the quake was not felt at the meteorology station in Kupang in West Timor. Indonesia and East Timor sit on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates meet, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. (ABS-CBN Interactive)

Students spell for East TimorChris Walker
December 07, 2006 11:00pm
Article from: The Courier Mail
AN EAST Timor village is about to get a permanent reminder of a Brisbane's school dedication to spelling. Coorparoo's Mt Carmel Primary School raised enough money through a Spellathon and other activities for their struggling sister school in East Timor to build three more classrooms. Students raised $10,000 for the school in the village of Zumalai, which has no running water or electricity and half of the population has had no schooling. The money will allow children attending the school to stay for more than their usual two hours each day. Father Augusto Da Costa will take the school's donation to Zumalai. Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, the Brisbane Lion's Michael Rischitelli, celebrity chef Alistair McLeod and television personality David Koch were among those who lent their help to the cause. (The Courier Mail - Australia)

China/East Timor trade rises ten-fold in 2006
7 December 2006
Beijing, China, 07 Dec – Bilateral trade between China and East Timor grew more than ten-fold between 2005 and the first seven months of 2006, according to figures from the Timorese embassy in Beijing. Trade between China and East Timor jumped by US$1.27 million in 2005 to US$13.37 million in the first half of 2006, according to the embassy, cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa. “There is a new dynamic in the trade relationship of the two countries, as until now the total value was represented by Chinese sales to East Timor, and now East Timor has started to sell goods to the Chinese market, namely coffee to the South of the country,” said Olimpio Miranda Branco, Timorese ambassador to China. Economic relations between China and East Timor however, continue to be based on development aid, with China granting an average of US$5.349 million per year since the year 2000. Chinese aid to East Timor has totaled US$32.094 million since the year 2000, according to Miranda Branco. China financed in East Timor – via Chinese companies – high visibility projects such as the reconstruction of the presidential palace and the Foreign Ministry building and is also training staff. China and East Timor also signed technical and economic cooperation agreements, namely in agriculture, whereby Beijing provides support for the introduction of hybrid rice, which allows Timorese farmers to have greater crop yields. (Macauhub)

Sticky Carpet
December 8, 2006
Giving peace a chance (Excerpt from article)
It's not often that a Prime Minister endorses a rock band - John Howard went out of his way this year to dismiss the music of Midnight Oil and U2. But East Timor head honcho Dr Jose Ramos Horta has praised the new album Increase the Peace by the Dili Allstars, saying their music would "be invaluable to help keep calm and promote peace and unity". "This is a really great song that is certain to help heal the wounds among people in East Timor," he said. Even the opposition is into it. "It is great that for every copy sold in Australia one gets sent for free up to East Timor to be distributed among the people," said a spokesman for Fretilin. "The band are well known and loved by the people up there." But band leader Gil Santos stresses the band is not just a political vehicle. "We . . . know that most crowds do not want to be battered with political messages. We play music to get people dancing." (The Age)