PN leaders allow govt to commit corruption, says opposition leader - FRETILIN wants to get rid of the govt through constitutional and peaceful ways, says Lu Olo - Xanana admits his government's incapability - President Horta calls on gas and oil investors to respect Timor-Leste - President Horta keeps urging Government and Parliament to combat poverty - PM Gusmao calls on politicians to avoid campaign for discouraging people - Security and defense are important, says Gusmao - Truth and Friendship Commission recommendations - no obligation to follow, says President Horta
PN leaders allow govt to commit corruption, says opposition leader - Timor-Post, 10 October 2008
Fretilin’s bench leader Aniceto Guterres said Thursday that the National Parliament under the leadership of Fernando de Araujo La Sama had been allowing the AMP government to do corruption by being permissive in demanding the transparency from the government.
Aniceto said that the president of the parliament had not kept his own promise to the people once he took office where La Sama said he would never be a mouthpiece for the government.
The promise of the President of the Parliament has gone with the wild wind and it leaves us with the reality we all face and witness,' said Guterres.
He also said that the bureau of the parliament had systematically made the parliament a second class organ of state and that it has blurred the principle of separation of powers between organs of the state.
He added that the leadership of the parliament failed to ask the government to present document about the number of national and international advisers working for the ministry of finance and also the documents about purchasing patrol boats.
He said that the bureau had also totally denied the democratic rights of the opposition when the state budget discussion was ongoing in the plenary.
Answering to the statements made, president of the National Parliament Fernando de Araujo La Sama said that the parliament can never be an opposition to the government because it's the parliament that forms the government.
He said that the parliament cannot value the performance of the government and that this has to be done by the public.
FRETILIN wants to get rid of the govt through constitutional and peaceful ways, says Lu Olo - Timor-Post, 10 October 2008
Fretilin's president Francisco Guterres 'Lu Olo' declared Thursday that the objective of the peace rally is to get rid of the incumbent government through a peaceful way.
'Fretilin’s demands have been very clear: through legal and constitutional ways,' explained Lu Olo.
The former president of the National Parliament said Fretilin will not use violence or coup d'etat to oust the AMP government as the experience of 2006 shows.
He said that in many countries, certain people may have used the weaknesses of the government as a trigger to launch a coup against the government but Fretilin will not do it.
Lu Olo said he was puzzled by the statement of the President Ramos Horta, arguing that the statements do not reflect any neutrality from the President's side.
'The right of the opposition to do peace march should not be denied by President Horta,' he said.
Lu Olo reminded the President to adopt a neutral position in order to promote dialogues in finding solutions to existing political differences.
Xanana admits his government's incapability - Timor-Post, 10 October 2008
East Timor's Prime Minister Kayrala Xanana Gusmao said Thursday during the official opening of the second legislature term that the challenge for the state, specially the government of the Majority Parliamentary Alliance (AMP) is its incapacity in effectively using plentiful existing resources for the common goods of the people.
'Our challenge now is not lack of resources but lack of capacity to use our existing resources, investing them in productive sectors in order to effectively build the country' he said.
Gusmao added that based on the development plan, in 2009 the government is committed to improving what had been done in 2008, to further consolidate the reform agenda and to accelerate economic development.
He said in order to fight against corruption the government would send a bill to the parliament on the establishment of an anti-corruption commission.
He added that the government will also submit a bill on the establishment of a public service commission to ascertain productivity, professionalism, efficiency and integrity in the public service.
President Horta calls on gas and oil investors to respect Timor-Leste - Radio Timor-Leste, 10 October 2008
President Jose Ranos Horta has called on the oil and gas investors to respect Timor-Leste's willingness to build the Greater Sunrise Oil Fields pipelines to the country.
Horta said building pipeline to Timor-Leste was in the people's interest and said the decision on building pipelines should be based on technical and commercial aspects not through a political decision.
Horta said the investors should not make comments early and be influenced with the decision made the Australian Government.
The Malaysian Petronas Company is currently doing research on the possibility of building pipeline to the country.
PM Gusmao calls on politicians to avoid campaign for discouraging people - Suara Timor Loro Sae, 10 October 2008
Prime Minster Xanana Gusmao has called for political parties of the country to avoid political campaigns that only destroy and decrease people's confidence in the nation, as well as making people discouraged.
The prime minister made the call yesterday during a speech marking for the opening of the second parliamentary legislative session at the Parliament House.
Gusmao said today was not time to look backward, but the time for moving forward, because the people wanted to live in peace and remain calm. Gusmao added the Government kept proposing the Government to support various sectors which would determine the country's development.
President Horta keeps urging Government and Parliament to combat poverty - Televizaun Timor-Leste, 10 October 2008
President Jose Ramos Horta has continued urging the Government led by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and the Parliament to resolvethe issue of poverty in the country.
The president made the comments yesterday during a speech marking the opening of second Parliamentary legislative session at the Parliament House. Horta said fighting against poverty in the country was important and had been the president's top priority to go forward.
Horta stressed the Government should put fighting poverty as its top priority, because the issue of poverty could impact on the security of the country and national unity. Horta called on the Government officials and MPs to not betray those who had had sacrificed for the country's independence and urged them to work responsibly.
UN counseling officer urges Government to be proactive in protecting women and children - Radio Timor-Leste, 9 October 2008
The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Counseling officer Jeca de Oliveira has urged the Timorese Government to be proactive in protecting women and children from violent actions.
Oliveira made the comments today (9/10) during a press conference held at the office of UNMIT, Kaikoli of Dili. Oliveira said angry and violent actions were being the cause of mental illness and were also human emotions and that could emerge problem at work if it could not be controlled well.
Oliveira stressed the Government needed to put hands into violence appeared within a family, in a way that women and children were protected. He added the UNMIT counseling officers had approached the victims who were suffering from the mental illness.
Security and defence are important, says Gusmao - Radio Timor-Leste, 9 October 2008
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, said security and defence were also important aspects to be priority in supporting the development of education, economy, justice and social security.
The prime minister made the comments today (9/10) during the opening of second legislative year of the Parliament. Gusmao said the Government was proposing the Parliament to initiate legislation in strengthening the country's education, economy, health, justice and social security.
Truth and Friendship Commission recommendations - no obligation to follow, says President Horta - Televizaun Timor-Leste, 9 October 2008
President Jose Ramos Horta said recommendations made by Timor-Leste and Indonesia's Joint Commission of Truth and Friendship (CVA) were not obligatory for the country's state bodies, such as the Government and the Parliament to follow it up.
President Horta made the comments today (9/10) after handing over the CVA's report to the Parliament during the opening of second legislative year of the Parliament. 'Recommendations are only recommendations and are not obligation for the Government and the Parliament to follow them,' Horta said. Horta added the CVA proposed the two countries to create a new mechanism for implementing the recommendations institutionally, but not similar to an ad hock.
One of the CVA’s recommendations is Timor-Leste and Indonesia should strengthen defence and security sector in the two country's borders.