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TIMOR TODAY 12/01/2000

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PHOTOS:

a) Muslim youth in Jakarta call for a Jihad to fight Malukuns trying to rid their territory of Muslim settlers.

STORIES:

1) Fighting in the Malukus heightens tensions across Indonesia 12/01/2000 (The Age) Continued intense fighting between Christian and Muslim groups in the Indonesian provinces of Maluku and North Maluku is fueling religious antagonisms in other parts of the archipelago and threatens to open up divisions within the fragile "national unity" government of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

2) East Timorese dying in NTT refugee camps 12/01/2000 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Over 400 East Timorese who fled their violence-ravaged homeland following the Aug. 30 self-determination ballot have died from various diseases in their refugee camps throughout West Timor in Indonesia.

3) Open doors to East Timor destruction inquiry 12/01/2000 (Jakarta Post) WASHINGTON - IndonesiaÆs inquiry into what happened in East Timor in 1999 is commendable. The Indonesian people need to know how murder and arson and looting and kidnapping happened, and who was responsible.

4) Indonesian President Wahid to visit East Timor 12/01/2000 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - President Abdurrahman Wahid is scheduled to arrive in Dili on Feb. 24 to open an Indonesian interest section office in the capital of the former Indonesian province of East Timor.

5) Gang Violence Rocks East Timor City 12/01/2000 (Associated Press) BAUCAU, East Timor - Gang warfare has broken out in East TimorÆs second-largest city, posing a challenge to U.N. authority, officials said Tuesday.

6) First bank for the poor opens in East Timor 12/01/2000 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) COMPERE: While emergency aid continues to flow into East Timor the Micro Enterprise Development Agency, Opportunity International, is preparing to open the first bank for the poor in Dili.

7) Indonesia Still Main Economic Lifeline 12/01/2000 (IPS) DILI - As East Timor struggles to kickstart its economy, ironically, its former occupier Indonesia seems to be emerging as the territoryÆs main trading partner.

8) Refugees choosing to stay in West Timor 12/01/2000 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ANNIE WHITE: A few months ago thousands of East Timorese refugees were crossing the border from the West to return home. Now many are choosing to remain in West Timor for economic reasons.

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