New Zealand peacekeepers were among the first on the ground when UN peacekeepers went into Dili, East Timor, yesterday. Scoop's comprehensive coverage continues...
Scoop Today Special - NZ Peacekeepers In Timor
Calm In Dili As First Peacekeepers Arrive
- 1pm NZT 19/9/99: CNN's Maria Ressa is reporting from Dili Airport where the situation appears calm as UN peacekeepers arrive. The first to arrive were 12 Australian commandoes aboard a C130 transport. They consulted with Indonesian military commanders about securing the airport. More flights have since arrived. Looting in the capital stopped two days ago according to aid workers though the city remains deserted.
Shipley Farewells Kiwi Peacekeepers
- New Zealand's soldiers going to East Timor will be a beacon of hope for a beleaguered, weary people, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said yesterday at the farewell of Kiwi troops. A second flight to Darwin has just left Ohakea this morning. See... Peacekeepers A Beacon Of Hope, Says PM  in the Parliament wire.
Kiwi Troops Fully Equipped For Self Defence – PM
- Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said that New Zealand troops on peacekeeping duties in East Timor would be fully equipped and authorised to defend themselves and those they have a duty to protect. See… Peacekeepers Have Means Of Protection, Says PM  in the Parliament wire.
War Crimes Investigations Given As Long As It Takes
- Rumblings are beginning in Jakarta over reports that a British-led team of 50 UN investigators are expected to arrive in East Timor this week to begin a war crimes inquiry. John Howard reports. See… No Time Limit On War Crimes Investigation  in the Headlines wire.
Once Upon A Time...
- United Party Leader Peter Dunne's speech in the debate on sending peacekeepers to East Timor was in the form of a story about a small island nation... See... Once upon a time there was a small island nation..  in the Headlines wire.
Treading On Toes – The US Business Interests In Indonesia
- "We have myriad business interests in Indonesia," said US State Department spokesperson, James Rubin, when explaining his government's reluctant involvement in East Timor. But could taking more responsibility for our own regional defence mean we could also step on the toes of United States regional business interests? John Howard reports. See… Treading On Toes - US Business In Indonesia  in the Headlines wire.
Is East Timor Out Of Control?
- In the Headlines wire Scoop's Alastair Thompson surveys the limited sources of information currently available on the situation in East Timor and attempts to reconcile what is clearly a very complicated crisis. See… Scoop News Analysis: East Timor - The End Game  . Meanwhile FAIR-L (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) has issued a warning to journalists reporting on the crisis. See… Is East Timor Really "Out Of Control"?  .
British Jets To Indonesia
- British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, has been forced to accept that three high performance Hawk jets will shortly be delivered to Indonesia, despite assurances that no more British arms would be sent to the regime. Meanwhile, it is being reported that President B. J. Habibie has broken off all communications with Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard.
Indonesia To Prosecute US Journalist
- Benny Mateus, the chief justice of Nusa Tenggara Province province intends to prosecute U.S. journalist Allan Nairn for two technical violations of Indonesian immigration law, a local immigration official in Kupang, West Timor has informed Nairn. See… Indonesian Regime to Prosecute U.S. Journalist  in the General wire.
Troops As Human Shields
- Libertarianz Defence Spokesman Robert Winefield deplores the cross-party decision to send troops to East Timor, where peacekeeping will essentially mean providing human shields to the Timorese populous. See… NZ Troops Are Human Shields!  in the Politics wire.
Papakura’s Contribution To Timor Force
- Papakura will be making its contribution to keeping the peace in East Timor," said Hunua MP Warren Kyd. See… Troops To East Timor  in the Parliament wire.
ACT On How To Farewell To Kiwi Troops
- I see from the media that the Prime Minster of Australia, John Howard, has gone today to Darwin to farewell the Australian troops who will shortly be embarking on the potentially very hazardous peacekeeping mission to East Timor. See… A Farewell To The New Zealand Troops  in the Parliament wire.