26 August 2008

East Timor Daily Media News 25 August 2008

Lu-Olo calls on veterans to hand over weapons - Suara Timor Lorosae, 25 August
Fretilin President Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres who was also the country's former resistance leader has called for all the country's veterans who were still hiding weapons to hand them over to the security forces.

"The weapons should be handed over, as we are not living in war. Better to follow President Horta's call, because the weapons cannot feed us," Lu-Olo said.

Lu-Olo said all people should now think about how could people to live in peace and remain calm.
Lu-Olo said Fretilin followers were not carrying weapons right now; all the weapons used by Fretilin's followers had been handed over after the country reached its independence.

The war had ended. I know that our followers have no weapons," Lu-Olo added.

PNTL and TNI discuss border security - Suara Timor Lorosae, 25 August
Border Police Unit and Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) held a meeting in the border area, discussing on border security issues of the two countries. Border Police Commander, Quintiliano Soares said the meeting was aimed at discussing problems faced by the two countries' security forces over the past three months. Soares said the meeting focused on the actual problems appeared and security handling in the border zone by the two security forces. TNI's Major Krisna said they always communicated and coordinated with Timor's police border unit about doing patrol in the border zone, so that both sides could avoid misunderstanding in doing their tasks.

Lasama calls on F-FDTL and Police Commanders to sanction their officers - Suara Timor Lorosae, 25 August
Parliamentary President Fernando "Lasama" de Araujo has called on the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) and National Police Command to sanction soldiers and officers who are suspected of being engaged in illegal gambling. Lasama was referring to both F-FDTL and PNTL officers who were suspected of being backed illegal gambling in the Capital Dili.

F-FDTL and PNTL soldier and officers are the law enforcers and that they should abide by the law. If any of them are found guilty, they should be sanctioned, Lasama said. An unnamed source said when the gambling went on people who played the gambling had a phone call from someone, asking them to close off quickly the gambling before policemen on patrol were arriving.

MP urges Government to halt monopoly in field of telecommunications - Timor Post, 25 August
National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction MP Arao Noe da Silva has called for the current Government to halt Timor Telecom Company's monopoly in the field of telecommunication in the country. da Silva said the Government should look at the agreement reached by the Timor Telecom Company with the former Fretilin government.

Government should also look at the contract provided for Timor Telecom and allowed other company to compete with them [Timor Telecom].

Democratic Party MP Gertrudes Moniz said the Government should review the agreement between Timor Telecom and former government before making decision; otherwise it could breach the agreement.

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