April 23, 2008
The country is dealing well with some pressing issues, but problems are being allowed to fester, writes John Virgoe.
PRESIDENT Jose Ramos Horta made a warmly greeted return to East Timor last week, two months after he was shot in an early morning encounter with rebels. By all accounts,
he has made a remarkable recovery, but his country's wounds are slower to heal.
There are some positive signs. The Government did well in its initial response to the crisis. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and other senior figures came across as statesmanlike and decisive, and explained their actions to the population. The Government followed correct procedures — convening an early meeting of the Council of Ministers and getting parliament to confirm the state of siege — and avoided playing party politics.
In short, in sharp contrast with 2006, the Government looked like a government and gained credibility. The events also brought reconfirmation of international solidarity. In particular, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's visit to Dili was widely interpreted as a sign of support, not only for Timor's democracy, but for Gusmao and Ramos Horta personally.
The Government is using this enhanced credibility to press ahead with some important policies, including tackling the problem of the 100,000 people forced from their homes by communal violence in 2006. It is eliminating one of the main factors keeping people from returning home — the distribution of free food in the camps — and has not backed down despite protests from camp dwellers. The Government plan is a good one, but it needs to be accompanied by other crucial elements, most significantly the creation of a fair property regime and the prosecution of those responsible for burning houses and driving out neighbours.
Two other key issues require serious attention: security sector reform and accountability.
Timor's dysfunctional and politicised security forces were responsible for the security meltdown in 2006. That crisis in turn led directly to the February 11 shootings. Those problems have not been tackled.
The UN Security Council has called for a comprehensive review of East Timor's security sector. The review is needed to clarify who is in charge of security sector policy, to set out the tasks of the police and military, and to promote non-partisanship and professionalism.
It is essential for Timor's democratic development that the army is under civilian control. The army has expressed interest in Fiji's military as a model, but the Fijian army's record of conducting coups and interfering in national politics is not one to be emulated.
The joint police-military command structure put in place after February 11 risks blurring police-military responsibilities. As a temporary measure, it is understandable: the army should arguably be involved in the hunt for a well-armed group of former soldiers who have just shot the head of state. The joint command was set up through constitutional means, and clear responsibilities assigned. The police and army are working surprisingly well together.
But the joint command is likely to prove unworkable as old differences re-emerge between the police and army. Reports are starting to emerge of abuses. The joint command and the "state of siege" must be temporary emergency measures, to be ended as soon as possible — and not as precedents for a continuing internal security role for the military. The present arrangements also put a remarkable concentration of power in the hands of one man — the Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, and Minister of Defence, Xanana Gusmao.
It is important not to lose sight of the importance of community policing — locally based and focused as much on crime prevention as response — in fostering a sense of security, especially in a country with a history of a heavy military presence.
The question of accountability is also unresolved. In the weeks before he was
shot, Ramos Horta was working on a package to solve Timor's political crisis. In return for opposition support on key issues, the Government would have agreed to fresh elections in two years. Meanwhile, rebel leader Alfredo Reinado would surrender, only to be freed in a general amnesty for all involved in the 2006 crisis.
That would have been a bad deal for East Timor, reaffirming the culture of impunity and the widespread view that there is "one law for the powerful, another for the rest". Timor has had too many amnesties and too many people have evaded responsibility for their actions. Few of those involved in violence in 2006 have even been prosecuted; not one is actually in detention. At the political level, those identified by a UN inquiry as responsible for the crisis are unashamed,
with some retaining senior positions. It is particularly egregious that the army is still commanded by a man who was recommended for prosecution by the UN inquiry for illegal weapons transfer in 2006, and that the army is refusing to hand over four soldiers convicted and sentenced to prison for crimes. Such behaviour suggests the army has learnt the wrong lessons from the Indonesian armed forces.
Timor is not doomed to endless repetitions of violence. But a return to social health will require the Government to tackle seriously the causes of conflict, including reform of the police and army, and insistence on accountability for those responsible for acts of violence. Politicians of all parties and all elements of civil society must work together to overcome the differences that have divided the nation since independence.
John Virgoe is South-East Asia project director at the International Crisis Group.
NOTA DE RODAPÉ:
Impressionante como John Virgoe do the International Crisis Group defende aqui as posições e os interesses australianos, manipulando informação, elogiando como sempre o seu criado Xanana Gusmão e tentando abater quem sempre colocou os interresses de Timor-Leste acima da sua ambição pessoal, como o General Matan Ruak.
quarta-feira, abril 23, 2008
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 01:02
Por Felícia Cabrita
Assanku e Lay, dois dos elementos do grupo que acompanhou Alfredo Reinado no dia 11 de Fevereiro à casa do presidente Ramos Horta, foram ontem detidos na Indonésia
Assanku, homem de confiança de Salcinha em Dili, foi o elemento que estabeleceu contacto com Albino Assis, um dos militares das forças armadas timorenses que prestam segurança ao presidente da república, para a dupla traição que acabaria por vitimar Alfredo Reinado e um dos seus homens de confiança.
Albino Assis, o homem que integrava as F-FDTL (Falintil-Forças de Segurança de Timor- Leste), pertencia à pequena força de segurança pessoal do Presidente Ramos-Horta. Ao mesmo tempo, porém, mantinha contactos frequentes com o grupo rebelde do major Reinado e encontra-se sob investigação, após a primeira notícia do semanário SOL.
Ao contrário do que tem sido dito, Assanku foi o único homem encapuçado. A máscara deve ter sido utilizada porque era de Dili e não queria ser reconhecido.
Contudo, hoje, os homens do ex-comandante da polícia militar fazem outra leitor: «o traidor apenas levava o capuz para que os seguranças do Presidente da República o distinguissem do resto do grupo».
Este elemento do grupo do tenente Salcinha foi também responsável pelo aluguer dos dois jipes que levaram Reinado e o seu braço direito, Leopoldino Exposto, também morto no 11 de Fevereiro, e o resto do grupo até à casa do Presidente, julgando que se dirigiam para uma reunião.
A 11 de Fevereiro, o major rebelde chegou à residência de Ramos Horta por volta das seis horas da manhã. O presidente, como era hábito, estava ausente no jogging matinal.
Reinado fazia-se acompanhar por dez homens mas entrou na residência com apenas três.
Entre eles, estava Lay, detido com Assanku ontem pela polícia indonésia. Lay e Mota, a retaguarda do major, foram os primeiros a bater em retirada quando um dos outros seguranças de Ramos Horta o atingiu.
Reinado terá sido assassinado entre as 6h15 e as 6h20, hora em que deixou de efectuar e receber chamadas, e o presidente da República, meia hora depois, sem que nenhum dos seus seguranças o tivesse avisado do que se tinha passado.
Tanto Assanku quanto Lay faziam parte da lista encontrada no bolso do Major, onde constavam também Albino Assis e um croquis do palácio presidencial.
Depois do Presidente da Republica, influenciado pelas informações transmitidas pelo Procurador Geral da República Longuinhos Monteiro, que apenas se baseou no somatório das chamadas efectuadas pelo Major Alfredo e pelo Tenente Salsinha para o exterior, ignorando o volume das chamadas efectuadas no interior do país, a Indonésia ontem ainda não tinha decidido se entregava ao estado timorense os prisioneiros.
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NOTA DE RODAPÉ:
Os carros que o bando de Reinado utilizou para o ataque a casa de Ramos-Horta foram alugados a quem? Talvez a um familiar da Ministra da Justiça do governo de Xanana Gusmão?...
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 00:44
By Andi Abdussalam
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government is still waiting for clarifications about whom Timor Leste President Ramos Horta meant when he said "elements in Indonesia" had had contacts with rebel leader Alfredo Reinado.
Ramos Horta was quoted by the Associated Press as saying in Dili recently there was a possibility rebel army officer Alfredo Reinado, who had tried to assassinate him in an armed attack on his residence but was himself killed in an ensuing shootout, had "a lot of contacts ... with elements in Indonesia".
Horta was shot in the stomach during the pre-dawn attack on February 11, 2008 on his Dili home by rebel soldiers led by Alfredo Reinado.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda who earlier challenged Horta to provide evidence on his statement said on Monday Indonesia was waiting for explanations from Timor Leste on who were the `elements` referred to by the Timor Leste president.
"We want to hear whether the problem referred to as `elements` by President Ramos Horta has been overcome," Wirajuda said referring to the arrest by Indonesian police of three Timor Leste citizens last Friday.
The arrest was made based on information provided by the Timor Leste government.
"We rely on the information given by the Timor Leste government as to what it has meant by `elements`. We don`t know whether or not the elements meant are the ones we have arrested or whether there are others," the minister said.
The three Timor Leste citizens who were arrested by the Indonesian police were Egidio Lay Carvalho, Jose Gomes and Ismail Sansao Moniz Soares. They had entered Indonesia illegally.
Last week, in New York, Wirajuda challenged Horta to provide evidence on his allegation. "If Timor Leste can provide evidence, we will be ready to take follow up actions on the allegation," he said.
He said the Indonesian government had an open mind. If there was information, for instance on phone calls or money transfers, it should be given to the Indonesian government. With such information it`s easy to trace the people involved, he said.
Also in reaction to Horta`s allegation, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked Timor Leste leaders not to issue any statement that could be interpreted as if there had been elements in Indonesia possibly involved in the shooting on February 11, 2008 of President Jose Ramos Horta.
Yudhoyono said he talked with Ramos Horta on April 10 when the Timor Leste leader was being treated in Australia for gunshot wounds.
"In the phone talk, Ramos Horta briefed me on the investigation being conducted into the shooting incident and asked for assistance from the Indonesian government," Yudhoyono said.
Indonesia sent two high-ranking police officers to Dili on April 13 and April 15 to collect information from the Prosecutor General of Timor Leste and to analyze the information together.
Based on the information, the Indonesian police acted swiftly to locate the suspects. Everything happened quickly, professionally and in a high spirit of cooperation, he said.
"That is why, I was a bit surprised to hear President Ramos Horta`s statement because it was my understanding that the telephone conversation on April 10 was not for public knowledge yet.
I instructed my ministers and police chief not to disclose the information to the public in order to give an opportunity to the Indonesian police to hunt the suspects," he said.
The three suspects, identified as Egidio Lay Carvalho, Jose Gomes, and Ismail Sansao Moniz Soares, are all members of the military of Timor Leste, who have been involved in rebellious activities, and suspected of involvement in the shooting incident.
Yet, it is not clear who were the `elements` Horta referred to in his statement when he arrived in Dili from Australia last week.
According to Australian television and radio station ABC on Friday last week, Ramos Horta also accused Indonesian Metro TV journalist Desi Anwar of having assisted Alfredo Reinado to visit Indonesia for an interview in May 2007.
The station in a report quoted Horta as saying he had strong evidence that Anwar, in cooperation with officials in East Nusatenggara (NTT), had helped Reinado obtain fake documents to travel to Indonesia.
Desi Anwar denied the president`s allegation, however, saying it was absolutely ridiculous and nonsense. "This is ridiculous, illogical and not true," she was quoted by ANTARA News Agency as saying.
She expressed regret that a president had made allegations without evidence and accurate data.
As a head of state, Horta should have obtained accurate information. "As a president, Horta should have been given accurate inputs," Anwar said adding she hoped the Timor Leste president was convalescing well. "I wish him a speedy recovery," she said.
Horta said what Metro TV and "other elements in Indonesia" had done had also contributed to the attempt on his life last February 11.
In the meantime, the Indonesian Army stressed on Tuesday that no serviceman in Indonesia had had any contact with Alfredo Reinado.
"None of them have had any contact with him. Indonesian army members (in East Nusatenggara bordering Timor Leste) only have the duty to guard the border and they are not allowed to enter the neighboring country," Indonesian Army Chief of Staff General Agustadi Sasongko Purnomo said.
He said all soldiers of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) always followed regulations, including in carrying out government policies to uphold national sovereignty and secure the borders with Timor Leste.
"No Indonesian military man is involved. Soldiers follow rules. They only guard the border areas," Agustadi said.
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Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 00:41
Sydney Morning Herald, 22 April 22
East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Australian authorities to speed up their investigation into the attempt on his life.
Dr Ramos-Horta was critically injured in the February 11 attack on his home by rebels led by Alfredo Reinado, who was killed in the shootout.
The president returned to the tiny country for the first time last week following treatment in Darwin.
Dr Ramos-Horta says many questions about the assassination attempt still need answering.
"We still have to find who gave them money, who gave them uniforms, logistics equipment, communications equipment," he told the ABC.
Dr Ramos-Horta also wants Australian authorities to hand over all they know about how Reinado amassed almost a million US dollars in an Australian bank account.
Fairfax media reported on the weekend the Darwin Commonwealth Bank account - held jointly with Australian woman Angelita Pires - holds more than $800,000. About $200,000 had reportedly been withdrawn from the account.
"A bank in Australia gets a huge transfer, suddenly, for two people, and they should know the name ... and Australian Federal Police (AFP) didn't detect a huge transfer of money to Darwin," Dr Ramos-Horta said.
"I have given a deadline to the AFP, I want this resolved very, very quickly, otherwise I will take the matter to the United Nations Security Council."
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said Australian authorities would happily hand over the information.
"All the East Timor authorities need to do, and they've been on notice for a month, is to follow the appropriate procedures, and the information that they're currently seeking, will be made available," Mr Smith told ABC radio.
Mr Smith hit back at suggestions the Australian government could have done more to stop the assassination attempt.
"The East Timorese government, from the president down, had for some substantial time before the attack upon the president, expressly asked the Australian government to ensure that Australian forces in East Timor did not bring him (Reinado) in," he said.
"The president himself was of the view that he wanted Reinado to come to some agreement or compromise, for him to come to some negotiated peaceable arrangement."
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 00:14
terça-feira, 22 de abril de 2008 07:59 BRT
DILI, Timor Leste (Reuters) - O Parlamento do Timor Leste decidiu, nesta terça-feira, suspender o estado de emergência imposto depois do ataque contra o presidente José Ramos-Horta em fevereiro, disse o porta-voz Fernando de Araújo.
A decisão foi adotada depois de o presidente Ramos-Horta ter pedido ao Parlamento para suspender a medida. O estado de alerta, no entanto, será mantido por mais um mês no distrito onde estariam escondidos os rebeldes envolvidos na tentativa de assassinato.
O estado de emergência foi declarado no Timor Leste depois de homens ligados ao líder rebelde Alfredo Reinado terem atacado Ramos-Horta, de 58 anos, e o primeiro-ministro Xanana Gusmão em Dili, em fevereiro.
Ramos-Horta, vencedor do Prêmio Nobel, voltou na semana passada ao Timor Leste, depois de passar mais de dois meses na Austrália para tratamento médico. Gusmão escapou sem ferimentos de um atentado cometido contra ele separadamente.
(Por Tito Belo)
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 00:12
April 22, 2008 - 6:48PM
The rebel leader wanted over attacks on East Timor's top leaders will hand himself in within days because his powerbase is "non-existent", President Jose Ramos Horta said.
Ramos Horta, who was critically injured in the February attacks, said support for Gastao Salsinha had collapsed, and his days on the run were numbered.
He made the comments after telling Australia to quickly provide East Timor with information about a Darwin bank account held by slain rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, or face action at the UN Security Council.
The president is seeking urgent details from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) about how Reinado, slain during the attack on Ramos Horta's home, amassed almost $A1 million in the Australian account.
"I have given a deadline to the AFP, I want this resolved very, very quickly, otherwise I will take the matter to the United Nations Security Council," he told ABC radio.
He also accused Timorese-born Australian Angelita Pires - a joint signatory to the Darwin bank account, who Ramos Horta claims was Reinado's lover - of knowing where the money came from.
"She knows more about who is behind Mr Alfredo Reinado than Mr Salsinha does," he told AAP.
"If anyone wants to know who was supporting Mr Alfredo Reinado in terms of uniforms, communication equipment, money, Angelita Pires knows that."
He said no East Timorese institutions were involved in supporting Reinado, only East Timorese individuals living in East Timor, Australia, and Indonesia.
East Timorese authorities are continuing to hunt 13 rebels led by Salsinha, who took over when Reinado was killed by Ramos Horta's security guards.
Ramos Horta told AAP he had "no regrets" about his decision to negotiate with Reinado about his surrender prior to the February attacks, despite describing the rebel as mentally unstable and a drug user.
The president said he did not think the same problems would arise with Salsinha, whom he described as more "rational" and unwilling to die.
"His power base is non-existent," he said.
"His strength is dwindling with so many people surrendering, and I am confident that in the next few days he will surrender."
The president said a state of emergency, imposed after the attacks, would be lifted on Wednesday in all but the district of Ermera, where the rebels are believed to be hiding.
Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on Tuesday urged East Timorese authorities to request access to Reinado's financial records through the proper channels.
"From the middle of March, the relevant Australian authorities have made it clear to East Timor that if they require information for the purposes of their investigations ... all they have to do is follow the well-designated appropriate procedure and that information will be made available to them," he told reporters.
Meanwhile, East Timor's chief prosecutor headed to Indonesia on Tuesday to take custody of three former East Timorese soldiers arrested over the failed assassination bids.
© 2008 AAP
NOTA DE RODAPÉ:
Então mas os investigadores não são australianos?...
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 00:09
The Australian, Paul Toohey, 22 April 22
EAST Timor has been consumed with rumours since President Jose Ramos Horta began looking beyond his own shores to an international conspiracy to assassinate him on February 11.
The President has claimed that Angelita Pires and her dead rebel lover, Major Alfredo Reinado, held a joint bank account in Darwin currently holding more than US$700,000, and has demanded the Australian Federal Police identify who deposited the money.
It suggests the pair had powerful foreign backers, but does the money really exist?
The head of the investigation into the events of February 11, which left Ramos Horta wounded and Reinado dead, is East Timor Prosecutor-General Longinhos Monteiro.
Monteiro has questioned the money claim, saying the investigators will not know how much money was in the account until a "mutual justice agreement" was signed between East Timor and Australia.
And Australian Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, told ABC today: "All the East Timor authorities need to do, and they've been on notice for a month, is to follow the appropriate procedures, and the information that they're currently seeking, will be made available."
Mr Longuinhos told The Australian last week he had phone text evidence retrieved from Reinado's phone, in which Ms Pires allegedly sent a message to Reinado saying funds had been shifted to the Commonwealth Bank. Mr Monteiro said Ms Pires sent her lover a pin number and account number.
Mr Longinhos said he was surprised how the President knew that was the amount, and repeated that investigators did not know how much was in the account.
The mutual agreement Mr Monteiro seeks is not just for bank details but also relates to 47 incoming and outgoing calls to Australia logged on Reinado's phone. Those calls relate to the period between February 1 and February 11, when Reinado was shot in the President's compound.
Some of the calls were logged after Reinado was shot, but Mr Monteiro, who believes most of the calls were non-suspicious, still wants to know who the callers were.
Monteiro and Ramos Horta want Australian intelligence to reveal any voice recordings and text messages they have stored, and has expressed frustration with the bureaucratic agreement process - especially given that Indonesian police were unhesitating in provided intelligence information relating to 31 calls on Reinado's phone to and from that country from the same period.
President Ramos Horta told The Australian on Saturday that he was stunned by the amount Reinado and Ms Pires held. He said the account opened with $US1m but after withdrawals was now more than $700,000. He complained he could never raise such a sum when he was trying to gather donations to relieve poverty in his country.
While believing the amount he described was correct, he called upon Australian authorities and the banks to confirm his claim. "It's in Australia's interest to do this fast."
He said he was unsure whether the money was in the ANZ or the Commonwealth in Darwin.
"What you can do is ask the Commonwealth Bank in Darwin, but they will not tell you," the President told The Australian. "It's making them nervous. Their excuse is they need a court order to reveal such information. I don't accept this excuse."
The President said it would have been "too dangerous" for Ms Pires and Reinado to put the money in a Dili bank account without sparking an alert. Yet the same might be said for a Darwin bank account, where large deposits attract automatic reporting alerts. Ramos Horta said $US1m had been deposited into the account by unknown persons at an unknown time.
The claims make life more difficult for Ms Pires, whom the President and Mr Monteiro have accused of orchestrating the February 11 attacks which left two rebels dead and the President recuperating in the Darwin hospital for nine weeks.
Ramos Horta returned home last week and initially accused Indonesian individuals - though not the government - of being behind the attack. This drew a rebuke from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, whose office said there was no evidence of any Indonesian citizen being behind the attacks.
Claims that Reinado had a million-dollar account first emerged two days after he was shot. Flyers, distributed by street boys, hit Dili claiming a well-known political party - which Reinado was known to detest - had paid him $1 million to bring down the leadership.
It must disturb Australia - which heads the unloved International Stabilisation Force, which has been taken to sharpen its image by running newspaper advertisements showing a Digger shaking hands with a Timorese kid - that Timorese will interpret the money claims as proof powerful non-Timorese Australians were backing Reinado and Ms Pires.
"No Timorese person living in Australia has such money," the President claimed.
When Reinado's men appeared in new US-style uniforms in December, it prompted speculation that he had won over some serious foreign backers. Ramos Horta was today demanding to know who provided those uniforms and The Australian is able to shed light on this.
Ruy Lopes, who lives on the East-West Timor border, was a strong civilian backer of Reinado. "You want to know something? I bought those new uniforms for Alfredo," said Lopes. "I went to Jakarta and got them. It was all legal, I passed through customs with them. You can buy them openly in the markets, they use them for paintball games."
Lopes said Reinado's men had no Indonesian weapons. They had what they stole from barracks in 2006 and those taken in a later raid on a border police station. When they wanted ammunition, said Lopes, police gave it to them.
Lopes said there were no big backers - just people like him. "The money was just a few dollars here and there, from businesses in Dili - and the Catholic Church, which shifted him around and gave him protection."
The investigation into February 11 appears to have become slightly desperate, with investigators pulling in 86 "witnesses and suspects". Many of them appear at best peripheral to the inquiry.
Well-known East Timorese cameraman journalist, Jose Belo, who last week filmed a long-distance phone conversation between on the-run-rebel leader, Gastao Salsinha, and SBS Dateline's Mark Davis, was ordered to appear before the United Nations' investigation team today as a witness.
He was questioned as to how he had got the phone numbers of the rebels, and his sources. Mr Belo - who strongly objected to being questioned - refused to cooperate and told the UN investigators to watch the program for any information they needed.
What this all suggests is that sight has been lost of the main game. Things are now skewing sideways, with many Timorese convinced that the February 11 attacks were all about Timor Gap oil and gas, with Australia not content to take the lion's share it already has and, therefore, somehow trying to execute the Timor leadership in order to grab more money off the struggling country.
Ordinary people will advise you quietly, with wide eyes, that this is really a battle between Australia and Indonesia v China. The Chinese are increasingly visible in Dili, now building a huge government palace and making sure no one misses the point with man-high red letters telling all who pass that it is a gift from the People's Republic of China.
China has been doing this kind of thing throughout the Pacific for years now as it seeks to buy the locals' affection from the US. As the investigation into February 11 slumbers onwards, locals - including some leaders - are inclined to take the path of most resistance and blame powerful outside forces.
Ms Pires is expected to been brought before the court this week to for a bail review on the basis of new information received.
We will wait, fascinated, to see whether there really was a million-dollar Darwin bank account, and whether it leads to deep international political waters: or whether this is really a shallow pond, involving a few giant egos waving about some big guns.
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 00:07
Gabinete de Relações Públicas
Agenda no. 88/II
A Sessão Plenária de hoje foi presidida pelo Vice-Presidente do Parlamento Nacional Sr. Vicente da Silva Guterres coadjuvado pela Vice-Presidente Sra. Maria da Paixão de Jesus da Costa e Vice-Secretária Sra. Maria da Costa Exposto.
No Período de Antes da Ordem do Dia foram abordados os assuntos seguintes:
Informação a justificação antecipada de faltas da Sra. Deputada Teresa da Conceição Amaral;
Distribuição de petição apresentada por representantes dos Pecionários datada de 18 de Março de 2008;
Eventuais declarações políticas.
No Período Da Ordem Do Dia foram abordados os assuntos seguintes:
Anúncio da admissão e baixa à Comissão de Negócios Estrangeiros, Defesa e Segurança Nacionais da Proposta de Resolução N.o 3/II sobre o “Acordo entre a República da Indonésia relativa a Passagem Fronteiriça Tradicional e mercados Regulados”;
Apresentação de relatório de visita da Comissão de Juventude, Desportos, Trabalho e Formação Profissional;
Discussão e votação do Projecto de Resolução n.o 11/II (Medidas sobre as providências e medidas adoptadas na vigência da declaração de estado de sítio de 13 a 23 de fevereiro de 2008).
Continuação presidida pelo Presidente do Parlamento Nacional de Timor-Leste Sr. Fernando Lasama de Araújo coadjuvado pelos Vice-Presidentes Sr. Vicente da Silva Guterres e Sra. Maria da Paixão de Jesus da Costa, pela Secretária da Mesa Sra. Maria Terezinha Viegas e Vice-Secretária Sra. Maria da Costa Exposto.
Esteve presente S. E. o Primeiro Ministro Sr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão e comitiva;
Leitura da carta de S. E. o Presidente da República Democrática de Timor-Leste pela Secretária da Mesa Sra. Maria Terezinha Viegas sobre o pedido de extensão de estado de sítio ao Distrito de Ermera;
Relatório de S. E. o Primeiro Ministro Sr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão sobre a declaração e extensão de estado de sítio;
Relatório do Sr. Comandante das F-FDTL Brigadeiro-General Taur Matan Ruak sobre a declaração e extensão de estado de sítio;
Intervenções dos Senhores Deputados das respectivas bancadas parlamentares;
Discussão e votação do Projecto de Resolução n.o 10/II (Extensão de estado de sítio ao Distrito de Ermera de 22 de Abril a 21 de Maio de 2008) nos termos da carta do pedido de S. E. o Presidente da República Democrática de Timor-Leste com 29 votos a favor, 18 contra e 11 abstenções.
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 00:04
Obrigado pela solidariedade, Margarida!
Mensagem inicial - 16 de Maio de 2006
"Apesar de frágil, Timor-Leste é uma jovem democracia em que acreditamos. É o país que escolhemos para viver e trabalhar. Desde dia 28 de Abril muito se tem dito sobre a situação em Timor-Leste. Boatos, rumores, alertas, declarações de países estrangeiros, inocentes ou não, têm servido para transmitir um clima de conflito e insegurança que não corresponde ao que vivemos. Vamos tentar transmitir o que se passa aqui. Não o que ouvimos dizer... "