10 December 2016

Indonesia-Timor Leste to conduct joint survey on border dispute

ETLJB Source: Antara News Senin, 1 Februari 2016 18:56 WIB
Indonesia-Timor Leste to conduct joint survey on border dispute
The border post of the Republic of Indonesia and Timor Leste. (ANTARA)

Kupang (ANTARA News) - The governments of Indonesia and Timor Leste will conduct a joint survey of some border areas in East Nusa Tenggara Province, which are still considered as disputed territory by the two countries.

The results of the joint research would serve as groundwork for conducting a joint discussion to determine the disputed boundaries between the two countries, Head of the Border Management Agency of East Nusa Tenggara Paul Manehat stated.

"The joint research would be conducted in the near future, involving delegations from both Indonesia and Timor Leste," he noted here on Monday.

The initiative to conduct a joint research is proposed by Indonesias Ministry of Foreign Affairs as in the latest meeting with the government of Timor Leste in Dili, last year, the two countries had not reached an agreement on how to deal with the border dispute.

Paul remarked that the research would focus on some disputed areas such as the Citrana-Noelbes area in Kupang regency and Oecuse and Manusasi in Central North Timor regency.

The research would also involve the traditional and community leaders who have been living in coexistence in each territory in the border areas since their views are necessary to obtain the actual data related to the history of the areas located on the existing boundary points.

"Such concept has been based on the agreement between the two countries. It is aimed at gaining the best result to solve the border issue, which has been a cause of rising tensions between Indonesia and Timor Leste," Paul stated.

Commander of Udayana IX Military District Major General M. Setyo Sularso claimed that there are at least six disputed border areas in East Nusa Tenggara between Indonesia and Timor Leste.

Sularso affirmed that the disputes between the countries are categorized into two types of border problems.

The first one is an unresolved segment, an issue related to the state border between Indonesia and Timor Leste in which the borderline has not been agreed upon or decided by the two countries.

The second one is an unsurveyed segment, an issue concerning the borderline, which has been decided by the two countries, but the people of Indonesia and Timor Leste are unaware of it.

There are two disputes that are considered as an unsurveyed segment. The first is related to an area in a river or delta along the Noelbesi-Citrana area, North Netamnanu village, East Amfoang sub-district, Kupang regency.

The river is 4.5 kilometers in length.

"Indonesia wants its boundary line to be located on the western side of the river," Sularso stated.

However, Timor Leste has a different point of view.

Without regard to the sterile area status, which means there must be no activity in the disputed area, Timor Leste has, in fact, already built permanent agricultural offices, meeting hall, logistics warehouse, rice mill, irrigation canals, and paved roads.

(Reported by Yohanes Adrianus/Uu.INE/KR-BSR/F001) ETLJB

Draft Law on Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking approved in East Timor Parliament

Wed. 26 of Outubro of 2016, 12:26h

The Government’s Draft Law on Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking was approved by final vote in the parliamentary session, on October 24th. The new law provides for measures to prevent and combat human trafficking and also lays down measures with regard to protection and assistance to the victims.

The new diploma takes into account the international obligations assumed by the Timorese State in this regard, particularly the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and its two additional Protocols: Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Human Trafficking, especially Women and Children.

The Government has now 180 days, from its entry into force, to approve the necessary rules for the implementation of the law, namely, for the creation of the Committee to Combat Human Anti-Trafficking.

This committee coordinates, at the national level, the actions of the various bodies responsible for preventing and combating human trafficking . It promotes and also ensures cooperation with foreign entities in combating human trafficking and monitors the enforcement of the provisions of the international conventions that Timor-Leste has ratified or will subsequently ratify on this matter.

The Committee to Combat Human Trafficking is also the entity in charge of preparing and co-ordinating the Human Anti-Trafficking National Plan, and is responsible for promoting and monitoring the implementation of the measures provided for therein.

The approval of this legal instrument is another important step for the country in the light of the respect of human rights. Next November, Timor-Leste will be submitted to a new Universal Periodic Review, at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Source: http://timor-leste.gov.tl/?p=16579&lang=en&n=1

2017 General State Budget Approved Unanimously in Final Vote

Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste
 Dili, December 9th, 2016
2017 General State Budget Approved Unanimously in Final Vote

On the 9th of December National Parliament voted unanimously to give final approval to the 2017 General State Budget with 60 votes in favor, none against and no abstentions. The approved Budget has an estimated total expenditure of $1,386.8 million, with the main categories of expenses as Salaries and Wages $209.7 million, Goods and Services $395 million, Public Transfers $421 million, Minor Capital $12.1 million and Capital Development [including the Infrastructure Fund and loans] $349 million.

Speaking after the final vote Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo, thanked all members of National Parliament for “the democratic and constructive way in which the 2017 General State Budget was debated” and noted that for the Government the unanimous vote “represents a vote of confidence which the Sixth Constitutional Government, until the last day of its work, will want to honor, working with even more commitment to the People and the Nation.”

During its passage through National Parliament the Budget was considered in generality and approved unanimously on the 25th of November. After presenting questions and debating issues, Members tabled approximately 80 proposed amendments that were considered by the ‘Eventual Commission for the Collection and Analysis of Proposals for Amendments to the Draft Law’. The Prime Minister observed that National Parliament’s decision to set up the Commission lead to “frank and democratic” discussion and the accommodation of many proposed amendments “without compromising the tax ceiling initially established and without distorting the Government’s commitments regarding the implementation of projects, programs and activities proposed for 2017.”

Prior to the final unanimous vote on the 9th of December, the Budget was discussed in the Plenary and voted on in detail, with analysis of each article of the proposed draft law. The 2017 General State Budget Law will now be presented to the President of the Republic, H.E. Taur Matan Ruak, for promulgation.

Closing the National Parliament’s final session concerning the 2017 General State Budget, the Prime Minister reiterated the Government’s “commitment to carry out the program of its mandate” with its focus on measures “to make the non-oil economy more dynamic and to increase the sustainability of national development.” ENDS

08 December 2016

East Timor Council of Ministers Meeting of 25 October 2016

Council of Ministers meeting of October 25th, 2016

Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Sixth Constitutional Government
Dili, October 25th, 2016
Press Release
Council of Ministers meeting of October 25th, 2016

The Council of Ministers met on Tuesday at the Government Palace in Dili, and analysed the report assessing the implementation of the first phase (2011-2015) of the Strategic Development Plan (SDP). This plan was prepared in 2010, with short, medium and long-term development goals, for the period from 2011 to 2030. The deadline for the short-term goals ended in 2015. This report, which is the responsibility of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit working within the Prime Minister's Office, had support from the European Union Delegation in Timor-Leste. The main conclusions and considerations regarding results achieved during this first phase of the implementation of the SDP were presented to the Council of Ministers. The report will now be reviewed according to suggestions from government agencies.

The Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs presented the solar energy project proposed by the company Solar Power Hera Unipessoal Lda. from the group SBI Offshore Ltd. This project proposes the production of solar energy to add to the existing electrical distribution network system. The many advantages presented included the reduction of costs related to energy production, employment creation, faster electrification of rural areas and the reduction of pollution in the country.
The project for the creation of the National Institute of Social Security, IP, to manage and implement the Social Security system, was presented by the Ministry of Social Solidarity. Suggestions made by the Council of Ministers will now be incorporated in the Decree-Law, and the document will return to be analysed by the Council of Ministers in the near future.

The draft Government Resolution and draft document on the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) for the reduction of greenhouse gases were presented by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment. These were examined by the Government, in order to complete the documents, which should soon be presented to the United Nations (UN). National contributions were requested from countries participating in the UN Climate Change Conference, held in Paris in December 2015.

The proposal of the Prime Minister, to change the Law no. 7/2007, from July 25th, on the Status of the Holders of Sovereign Bodies was approved, in order to allow the promotion of members of sovereign bodies that are civil servants, ensuring that all holders (President of the Republic, President of the National Parliament, Prime Minister, President of the Supreme Court of Justice and members of the Government) can perform functions with a more demanding functional content and better suited to the experience and degree of responsibility that they acquired by virtue of the functions in the sovereign bodies.

The draft Government Resolution for completing the cooperation agreement with Portugal in matters of Internal Security, presented by the Minister of the Interior, was approved. This ensures the  continuation of the current cooperation programmes for the training of Timorese security forces, services and civil protection. ENDS


Meeting of the Easst Timor Council of Ministers of 14 June 2016

Meeting of the Council of Ministers of June 14th, 2016

Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Sixth Constitutional Government

Dili, June 14th, 2016

Meeting of the Council of Ministers from June 14th, 2016

The Council of Ministers met this Tuesday, at the Government Palace in Dili, and approved:
1. Amendment of Government Resolution N. 10/2014, of April 9th, which creates the National Commission for the Implementation of Measures to Combat Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism

After the Minister of Justice presented the first National Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (AML/TF), the Council of Ministers approved an amendment to the Government Resolution N. 10/2014, of April 9th.

The amendment aims to increase the operability of all responsible bodies. It was considered necessary to include other bodies dealing directly with cross-border activities and criminal phenomena. The Ministers of Justice, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Interior, as well as the Public Prosecutor of the Republic, Governor of the Central Bank, Anticorruption Commissioner, President of the Civil Service Commission, PNTL Commissioner, National Director of the PCIC, Executive Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit, Executive Coordinator of SERVE, Director Generals of the Migration Services, Taxes, and Customs, are now all part of the National Commission for the Implementation of Measures to Combat Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (in Portuguese CNCBC).

2. National Strategic Plan to Combat Money Laundering/Financing of Terrorism
The Council of Ministers approved the document setting out the National Strategic Plan to Combat ML/TF, submitted by the Minister of Justice, who presides over the National Commission for the Implementation of Measures to Combat Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism. This Plan stems from the risk assessment process on Timor-Leste, carried out in 2012 by the Asia Pacific Group (APG). The Plan intends to implement, sequentially, several measures which help to achieve the National Strategic Objectives 2016-2020, to reinforce the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing.

3. The Government Resolution that assigns the name to the Reference Hospital in the Municipality of Baucau After analysis during the meeting of the Council of Ministers of June 7th, 2016, the Council of Ministers assigned to the Regional Hospital of Baucau the name: the Regional Hospital Eduardo Ximenes, in homage to the Eduardo Ximenes, a nurse, political activist and martyr of the national liberation struggle.

4. Decree-law on the 1st Amendment to Decree-Law N. 7/2014, of April 12th, on the Statute of the Military of the Armed Forces
This first amendment to the Decree-law approved at the meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 16th, 2013 focuses on the renewal of the mandate of the Chief of Staff, which up to now was limited to two mandates. With this approval, provisionally and exceptionally, the mandate may be renewed for a third term.

5. Technical Agreement on "Smallholder cattle enterprise development in Timor-Leste"
The Council of Ministers approved the technical agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAP) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, related to the Memorandum of Understanding on technical cooperation signed with Australia in 2003. This five-year agreement aims to increase the incomes of cattle producers and market intermediaries in Timor-Leste. The University of Queensland (Australia), MAF, National University of Timor-Lorosa'e and the University of Mataram (Indonesia) are involved in this project.


JSMP Case Summary Baucau District Court January 2016

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