13 July 2012

Fundasaun Mahein: PNTL and F-FDTL do not read our reports

East Timor Legal News 13 July 2012 Source: The Dili Weekly 11 July 2012 12:09 Written by Venidora Oliveira - Fundasaun Mahein claims more than three years’ worth of reports published by the organization which monitors both the defence and security sectors, are lying around, hardly ever read by Timor-Leste’s National Police Force (PNTL) and the Timore-Leste Armed Forces (F-FDTL).

“We reported the conditions affecting PNTL; the weaknesses, constraints and necessities but their leaders don’t read them so there is hardly any change,” said FM Director Nelson Belo (29/07) from his office in Balide, Dili.
According to him they have a mass of information on these two institutions and made adequate recommendations, however, because the leaders don’t bother to read them, there has been little or no change at all throughout all this time.

In response Second Commander of the PNTL Commissioner Afonso de Jesus said they always read the FM reports, however this is what the reality is.

“It is not a matter of us not considering the reports’ recommendations or suggestions. We actually do read them and discuss with our seniors, however this is the reality, this is the current situation, we know conditions are not favourable for officers to carry out their duties but it’s all part of a process and here is where we are, “ said Commissioner de Jesus.

On behalf of the PNTL he thanked and praised FM’s monitoring National Security and Defence, but admitted the change process was somewhat delayed.

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