"Defendendo a Independencia de Timor-Leste"

"Defendendo a Independencia de Timor-Leste"

quarta-feira, 10 de outubro de 2007

Statement by the Leader of the FRETILIN Parliamentary Group, Aniceto Guterres, on the debate and Vote on General Budget of the State

Statement by the Leader of the FRETILIN Parliamentary Group, Aniceto Guterres, on the debate and Vote on General Budget of the State for the period 1 July to 31 December 2007, on 8 October 2007.

People of Timor-Leste

The debate in the specificity which we have all witnessed in this national Parliament over the last days in this National Parliament has continued to arouse concerns in our FRETILIN Group with respect to the proposed General Budget of the State for the period 1 July to 31 December 2007, and with respect to which all of us parliamentarians are about to undertake a final and global vote on.

I would like to restate to everyone that the concerns expressed by us in our FRETILIN Group’s political declaration yesterday (7 October 2007) remain valid to us and are maintained by us, with the exception of our statements relating to the issue of the veterans and the illegality of the Secretary of State for the “Autonomous Region of Oecusse”.

Still a big concern for us is the budget allocation for the establishment of a Task Force to Combat Poverty in the Office of The President of the Republic, a budget for which there has been neither any explanation nor justification given to us. None of us know for what purpose it is proposed to spend this money. Is it perhaps simply for distribution to the poor? If so, is this the effective means of combating poverty? Or will it simply create dependency which will forever impede people from rising out of poverty? Perhaps it will be for holding Open Presidency meetings over the next two months?

The government as the executive has the primary responsibility to combat poverty through its development program. Although the President of the Republic has a political responsibility to involve himself with this issue as with many others, because we have not been provided with any justification on the proposal, we can only say that it seems to us to simply be a proposal for a slush fund for arbitrary expenditure. This would result in the Presidency acting in a manner which would not be in keeping with the principles of transparency and accountability.

We were extremely saddened by the parliament’s decision to authorise the government to transfer USD$40 million from the Petroleum Fund, disregarding the procedures established in the Petroleum Fund law to obtain prior approval from the Independent Petroleum Fund Consultative Council. This has resulted in a negative precedent for Timor-Leste which had previously been widely internationally recognised for its strong commitment to the fundamental principles of transparency and accountability in the management of the people’s petroleum revenues.

This has also illustrated that this de facto government has no commitment to “reform or change” as they had previously widely proclaimed during the lection campaign.

We all acknowledge that the issue of the internally displaced persons in our country is an extremely urgent and important issue for us all. In the past all political parties who are now represented in this parliament promised to resolve the issue of the displaced persons in the “short term” and criticised the previous FRETILIN for not having done so. They thought they could perform miracles. Now they are telling us we have to be realistic, and have allocated a meagre USD$2 million towards assistance for displaced persons, for such things as purchasing of new tents for them. It is clear that people who have already been living under tents for a long time now will have to continue to live under tents.

Our proposals for additional funding to provide assistance for and attempt to resolve the issue urgently was defeated by the de facto government and their proxies in the parliament.

On one hand they are saying that there is an existing lack of capacity to execute such a large amount on displaced persons in such a short period of time, but on the other hand we see them proposing to spend a very large amount of money on goods and services, even though they do not have a plan for its execution. From this we can clearly already see that they lack honesty, they do not have a moral conscience, they have already lost their sensitivity to these people who are undergoing hardship in our country. They have shown they do not serious on the issue of the displaced persons because they have failed to give them due importance in this budget.

Due to all of these concerns the FRETILIN Parliamentary Group opposes this law on the General Budget of the State.

Lastly, we hold grave concerns as to how they will execute such a large budget in such a short period of time involving an unduly large amount of money, even though it will simply involve spending. The FRETILIN Parliamentary group strongly doubts this Government’s capacity to execute this budget. As this de facto Government says it can execute all of it, and are rejecting the need to reduce the large amount allocated to goods and services, we will expect there to be no “carryovers”, as they demonised the previous FRETILIN government for having previously done. Otherwise, we will expect that we will all turn out to in fact be “devils” and in doing so illustrating this de facto government’s in capacity to govern, and that in accordance with what His Excellency Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão said: “Whoever steals even a quarter (25 cents), out! Whoever cannot do his job, out! Whoever does not know how to govern, out!!”

FRETILIN will expect this de facto government to comply with its promise in this regard, in January 2008.

Thank you.

Aniceto Guterres, Leader of FRETILIN Parliamentary Group.

8 October 2007

Deklarasaun Bancada Parlamentar Fretilin - Kona ba Aprovasaun OGE ba periodo 01 Julho – 31 Dezembro '07

Povo Timor – Leste tomak

Hafoin debate especialidade no votasaun hirak nebe ita hotu asiste iha
Parlamento Nacional ida ne'e, ami Bancada Parlamentar Fretilin
continua preokupa ho OGE periodo 01 de Julho ate 31 de Dezembro 2007
nebe deputados hotu atu halo ona votasaun final e global. Ba dala
uluk hau hakarak fo hanoin hikas ba ema hotu, katak declaracao
politica nebe Bancada Fretilin hato'o tiha ona horseik antes hakotu
debate generalidade, continua valida no mantem nafatin, exepto
declaracao kona ba veteranos, no seluk tan kona ba ilegalidade
Secretariado Estado Regiao Autonoma de Oecusse nian.

Preocupasaun bot ida, mak konaba fundo ba task force luta contra
probreza iha orcamento Presidencia da Republica, fundo ida nebe laiha
esplikasaun ka justifikasaun. Ita hotu lahatene osan ida ne'e atu
uza ba saida. Karik atu fahe osan ba ema kiak sira, nune'e bele
combate ona pobreza? Ka kria tan fali dependencia ke halo ema nunca
mais atu sai husi kiak? Karik atu halao Presidencia Aberta durante
fulan rua oin mai ?

Em termos de competencia, luta contra pobreza kompete ba governo liu
hosi nia programa desevolvimento. Maske politikamente, Presidente da
Republica iha responsabilidade atu envolve'an iha asunto ida ne'e,
maibe tanba laiha justifikasaun, ita bele dehan katak, ida ne'e
hamosu duni saku azul para sira bele gasta osan conforme idak-idak
nia hakarak. Nune'e ita hamosu presedente nebe ladiak ba ita nia
prinsipio transparencia no akuntabilidade.

Ita triste tebes bainhira parlamento nasional halo aprovasaun hodi
autoriza governo atu halo levantamento osan fundo minarai nian $40
milhoes, la tuir procedimentus nebe lei fundo petróleo nian haruka.
Hirak ne'e hotu hamosu presdente a'at ba Timor Leste nebe hahi'i
prinsipio fundamental ba transparência no akuntabilidade. Ne'e hatudu
mos katak kontra fali intensaun politika atu halo"reforma ka mudanca"
nebe governo de fakto halo bebeik ona kampanya.

Ita hotu reconhece katak deslokados sai hanesan problema ida ke
urgente no importante tetebes. Uluk, partidos sira nebe ohin loron
hetan fatin iha Parlamento ne'e, hotu-hotu halo promesa atu resolve
problema deslokados iha curto prazo, hanoin bele halo milagre. Agora
sira dehan ita tenke realista, hodi fo osan ba deslokados $2 milhoes
deit atu hola tan tenda ho seluk-seluk tan. Nune'e ema tenke hela
nafatin iha tenda okos, maske ema barak kleur ona terus iha tenda
okos. Ho maioria parlamentar nebe sira iha, Sira rejeita atu aumenta
osan atu resolve problema ne'e urgentemente. Iha parte ida sira dehan
laiha kapasidade atu executa osan barak iha tempo badak, maibe iha
parte seluk fali osan atu gasta ba bens e servisus, nebe bot tetebes
maske laiha plano atu uja, ba ida ne'e sira dehan bele executa. Hosi
ne'e, hatudo ona katak sira laiha honestidade, laiha konsiensia
moral, lakon ona nia sensibilidade ba povo sira nebe terus hela. Sira
laiha seriedade atu fo importancia ba assunto deslokados.

Tanba preocupacao hirak ne'e hotu, ami Bancada Fretilin kontra lei
orcamento geral do estado ida ne'e.

Ikus, preocupacao bot liu maka oin sa executa orcamento ida ne'e iha
tempo badak ho osan nebe bot demais, ultrapasa kibit governo nian,
mesmo ke atu halo deit despeza. Bancada Fretilin duvida kapasidade
governo nian atu executa. Maske Governo de facto hateten katak bele
executa hotu, tanba ne'e lakohi koa osan ba bens e servisus, ami hein
katak sei laiha tan carried over hanesan diabo Governo Fretilin nian
uluk. Se lae, kala ita sai diabo hotu, nune'e hatudu ona incapacidade
Governo de facto nian atu ukun, ke, hanesan SE Sr Kayrala Xanana
Gusmao hateten tiha ona katak: se mak naok kwarter ida, sai ! Se mak
lahatene servisu, sai! Se mak la hatene ukun, sai!!! Bancada Fretilin
hein Governo de facto cumpre nia promesa hirak ne'e, iha Janeiro tinan

Mak ne'e deit, obrigado

Deputado Aniceto Guiterres, Chefe Bankada FRETILIN