Some Australian Media reports inaccurate statement of the
Prime Minister, 28 May 2006
Some Australian Media had inaccurately and wrongly reported that
the Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, had implicated the President
of Republic, Xanana Gusmão, on the coup attempt that would
be going on Timor-Leste. That is not true. The Cabinet of the
Prime Minister categorically states the Prime Minister had never
implicated the President. He never implicated the President on
the coup attempt nor on the Press Conference held this Saturday,
May 27, nor before or after.
On yesterday's Press Conference, the Prime Minister was repeatedly
asked by the journalists if he sees the President beyond the coup
attempt. Prime Minister had always categorically said that the
President is not implicated.
That is strange that someone tried to give another understanding,
with questionable political motivations, of the statement that
has been read by Prime Minister on the Press Conference attended
by more than 50 journalists. These reports are an example of inaccuracy
and unethical journalism, and look like a part of a certain campaign
against the Government and the Timorese State.
"No one will be able to put me against the President. I
had always said, and I repeated it yesterday, that the work of
the President is essential to maintain the State unity. For us,
Xanana Gusmão should continue to be the Head of the State
on next mandate because is contribute remains essential for Timor-Leste's
development", states the Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri.
As a sign of the effectiveness coordination between the Prime
Minister and the President, Xanana Gusmão had schedule
meetings of the State Council (Conselho de Estado) and the Defence
and Security Superior Council (Conselho Superior de Defesa e Segurança)
which had been requested by the Prime Minister. These meetings
are due to take place this Monday, 29, in Dili. The aim of those
meetings is to analyse the present situation in Timor-Leste.
The Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, has been receiving numerous
solidarity expressions to the Timorese People from the international
community. Last hours the Prime Minister received phone calls
from the President of Mozambique, Armando Gebuza, and from the
Prime Ministers of Cape Verde, José Maria das Neves, and
the Prime Minister of Portugal, José Sócrates. All
had expressed their deeply sadness by the present situation in
Timor-Leste, and reaffirmed their total support to the Timorese
People. They also expressed their solidarity and their will to
assist the Government and the Timorese State on its way to find
a permanent and stable solution to the country, that contribute
to the reinforcement of the institutional solidarity between the
Timor-Leste's sovereign pillars of the State.