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TIMOR TODAY 07/01/2000

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PHOTOS:

a) East Timorese people shop at the City Market. People are putting their shattered lives back together. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

STORIES:

1) Protest at the UNTAET HQ, Dili 07/01/2000 (by Sam de Silva) Dili - About 400 people marched Wednesday from the office of protest organsier, the Socialist Party of Timor (PST) to the gates of the UNTAET headquarters to protest for the rights of the East Timorese people.

2) Aid groups accused of profiteering in East Timor 07/01/2000 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ANNIE WHITE: A top East Timorese official has accused Australian aid groups and businesses of profiteering in East Timor. The secretary-general of Timor’s socialist party Avelino De Silva sits alongside Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos Horta at the National Consultative Council, Timor’s de facto government.

3) Dili photo exhibit of atrocities 07/01/2000 (AAP) DILI, East Timor - At one of the few public buildings still intact in Dili, hundreds of East Timorese gathered today to view a series of disturbing photographs of the territory’s immediate past.

4) Indonesia looms as East Timor’s top trade partner 07/01/2000 (Reuters) DILI, East Timor - East Timor is likely to count Indonesia, its old and often brutal master, as its top trade partner as the devastated fledgling nation strives to rebuild, the United Nations and World Bank say.

5) Australia-East Timor scheduled flights by end of January 07/01/2000 (Radio Australia) Australia’s first regular commercial flights to East Timor should be operating by the end of the month, following this week’s reopening of Dili airport to commercial traffic.

6) Freedom option was decided democratically: Alatas 07/01/2000 (Indonesian Observer) JAKARTA — Former foreign affairs minister Ali Alatas said yesterday he had rejected an independence option offered for East Timor by then-President B.J. Habibie.

7) Indonesian generals’ lawyers to visit East Timor 07/01/2000 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Lawyers defending Army generals under scrutiny for their alleged involvement in the East Timor debacle will visit the territory on Jan. 16 to prove their clients’ innocence.

8) Disgraced Hardliner Prabowo Returns To Jakarta 07/01/2000 (Australian Financial Review) Mr Soeharto’s son-in-law and former army general Mr Prabowo Subianto has returned to Indonesia openly for the first time since he left Indonesia in disgrace in 1998.

9) Thousands flee violence on Indonesian islands 07/01/2000 (Associated Press) AMBON, Indonesia - As Muslims and Christians continued to clash throughout Indonesia’s Spice Islands, thousands fled the violence Wednesday seeking shelter in the provincial capital and nearby areas.

10) Foreign firms play the bully in Jakarta 07/01/2000 (Business Times) JAKARTA - Whichever way one looks at the issue, Indonesia’s new leadership is in no-man’s land when trying to deal with the massive energy and gas contracts endorsed by the former Suharto government.

PRESS RELEASES

11) Urgent Action: Extension of EU arms embargo against Indonesia 07/01/2000 (TAPOL) The European Union embargo on arms sales and military ties with Indonesia expires on 17 January. During the week beginning 10 January, the Council of Ministers will have to decide whether to extend the embargo. The exact date of that decision is not yet known. Please do all you can to press for an extension beyond 17 January.

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