UNMIT Daily Media Review 21 August 2008
Gusmao and Horta call for defense force and police to contribute to stability - Timor Post
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 country.
Better to reinforce PDHJ than set up anti-corruption commission, says MP Florindo - Timor Post
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
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.
Gusmao: Timor-Leste still needs ISF as country's situation still volatile - Dairio Nacional
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said that given that the 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 for the 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 Lorosa'e
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 difficult times.
Deadline set for police officers on the run with Reinado - Radio Televisaun Timor Leste
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.
Horta calls on Timorese security forces to continue cooperating with ISF and UN police - Televizaun Timor Leste (20/08/08)
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 the petitioners. 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 (20/08/08)
President Jose Ramos Horta has called for the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) and National Police (PNTL) to abide by their mission to secure both internal and external threats. The president said F-FDTL and PNTL should show good performance in conducting their duties within the community, so that people could respect them. 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 Government. 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 (20/08/08)
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 volatile.
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 about security. Gusmao added the Government and other state bodies were currently holding discussion on the defense and security policy making.
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