Whilst I agree that Dili could do with a clean up don’t really think it is
the most urgent issue to be dealt with, perhaps getting the displaced people
rehoused is the main issue. Then might I suggest that Horta gives the
Australian troops permission to arrest Renaido thus giving the Timorese
people a reason to believe that ‘cleaning up’ has some meaning.
Would like to comment that when living in Dili during the ‘crisis’ most residents, including
IDP’s, made great efforts to keep their own areas clean, despite the
burning and mayhem around them. Think the previous government was kept
pretty busy on issues other than cleaning. i.e oil rights, petitioners etc.
Ramos-Horta has commented before on stray pigs and tourists, maybe tourists
find stray pigs charming, could actually be a tourist attraction – may sound
a flippant comment but tourists really don’t want to visit cities that are
the same as the cities they have left. One of the charms of Dili is the
people and the culture. Another point is that pigs clean up organic rubbish.
Not sure that Horta has seen London during the day when it is pretty dirty –
indeed most UK cities could do with a clean up. (tourists areas are kept reasonably clean throughout the day)
So certainly get rid of litter in Dili, perhaps Horta could set a good
example by having a litter cleaning day in which he led the troops with a
broom, but don’t rid Dili of its individualism please.
Lidia Tyneside East Timor Solidarity
—– Original Message —–
From: “John M Miller”
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 1:58 PM
Subject: AFP: ETimor capital dirtiest in world, says president
> ETimor capital dirtiest in world, says president
> DILI (AFP) – East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta on Monday
> labelled his capital the dirtiest city in the world as he exhorted
> residents to work hard to clean it up.
> “Dili is presently the dirtiest city in the world. I have never seen
> a city in this world which is dirtier than this city of ours,” said
> Ramos-Horta, a well-travelled former diplomat.
> He cited as an example the long stretches of scenic beaches of the
> coastal capital, where he blasted seaside restaurant owners for
> failing to keep clean the sands that are the very source of their revenue.
> “If we go to the beach, a lot of Timorese just throw their garbage
> and other goods into the sea,” he told reporters.
> “Therefore I call on all residents to at least maintain cleanliness
> in their respective neighbourhoods, at home, and not just wait for
> the government” to do it, he said.
> Ramos-Horta also blamed the previous government for dirty conditions
> in the capital. The current government — East Timor’s second elected
> administration under independence — came to power earlier this year.
> “This is the responsibility of the first government… The state and
> the government did not allocate appropriate funding for sanitation,” he
> The old government awarded cleaning contracts to various incompetent
> companies, he claimed, and called on the present government of Prime
> Minister Xanana Gusmao to review them.
> Speaking as foreign minister last year, Ramos-Horta said that stray
> pigs often seen roaming Dili’s beaches were a disgrace to the country.
> East Timor became the world’s youngest nation in 2002 and is one of
> Asia’s poorest countries.
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