27 March 2010

PM Gusmao: Joint operation has freed local people

Televizaun & Radio Timor-Leste March 25, 2010 language source: Tetun - Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, who is also Minister for Defence and Security, told the PR’s Council of State that the operation by PNTL in Bobonaro and Kovalima has been successful because it has freed the local people from threats.

“The people are happy now because they are free from threats,” said Xanana after meeting with the Council of State headed by President of the Republic.

Prime Minister Gusmao also said that those who voluntarily handed themselves in to Timorese National Police will be helped to have a decent life through social schemes by the government.

Mr. Gusmao also said that one amongst the issues raised was the promotion of PNTL members in which he acknowledged that there are a lot of complaints from those who did not pass the promotion test.

“In relation to the promotion test, President Horta got complaints (from those who did not pass) but we told him that this is only the first process,” said Gusmao.

He also said that there was no discrimination in the promotion test and that it was merit-based and told those who did not pass to have their second chance.

According to Gusmao, the promotion test was part of the security sector reform.

“Security sector reform is as important as the promotion test itself,” he said.

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