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UNAMET: Highlights of Spokesman's briefing 24/9

Highlights of Spokesman's briefing for Friday, 24 September

OCHA went to Baucau by road today.
A joint investigation into the murder of journalist Sander Thoenes is being carried out by the TNI, the
Indonesian police and INTERFET and is being monitored by UNAMET CivPol.
Yesterday UNAMET carried out a visual reconnaissance of the western part of East Timor -- Maliana, Liquica, Suai, Ainaro and Same areas. The overall view is that there are very few people living there. Maliana and Suai are almost totally burned and houses in Ainaro are still burning.
Dili is quiet today.
The fourth Special Session of the Commission on Human Rights is underway in Geneva to discuss the East Timor crisis. (The opening statement by Mrs. Mary Robinson, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, was made available at the briefing.)
The Asia group at the Geneva meeting expressed "strong reservations concerning the procedure by which the Special Session has been convened".
The European Union has drafted a resolution asking for an International Commission of Inquiry.
The Special Representative, Mr. Ian Martin, is travelling to New York today.
CivPol Commissioner Alan Mills will be officer-in-charge of UNAMET in Darwin and Brigadier Rezaqul Haider continues to be officer-in-charge in East Timor and designated official for security in East Timor.
Humanitarian briefing separate.

ENDS



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