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TIMOR TODAY 13/01/2000

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PHOTOS:

a) Children are living in squalid conditions in West Timorese camps controlled by militia thugs. 500 people, mostly children are estimated to have died since early September.

STORIES:

1) Up to 500 East Timorese died in West Timor camps 13/01/2000 (Associated Press) JAKARTA - Nearly 500 people in West Timorese refugee camps have died due to inadequate sanitation and medical care, officials said Wednesday.

2) ALP seeks action on refugee death toll 13/01/2000 (Sydney Morning Herald) The Federal Opposition yesterday called on the Government to increase aid to East Timorese in West Timor amid reports that nearly 500 people have died due to lack of sanitation and medical care in refugee camps.

3) No food, no energy and desperate to go home 13/01/2000 (TIMOR DIARY) Today we saw 240 ribs, belonging to 10 children. Bulging bellies, swollen eyes and too little energy to play provide a picture of months-long malnutrition in West Timor.

4) Bodies Exhumed in East Timor 13/01/2000 (Australian Broadcasting Commission) COMPERE: United Nations investigators in East Timor have unearthed the victims of two massacres which first brought violence in the territory to the worldÆs attention last year. ItÆs only now that locals have had the confidence to reveal the location of the graves. Geoff Thompson reports.

5) Investigators finish East Timor atrocities probe 13/01/2000 (The Australian) UNITED Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has begun reviewing a report by UN human rights investigators on atrocities committed in East Timor and plans to make recommendations for further action, a spokesman said.

6) Timor judiciary to deal with militia cases 13/01/2000 (Indonesian Observer) JAKARTA ù The United Nations- founded judiciary in East Timor is set to begin dealing with 30 criminal cases, mostly involving rampaging militia members, from tomorrow, the UN announced yesterday.

7) East Timor force signs border deal with Indonesia 13/01/2000 (Reuters) MOTAAIN, Indonesia - Indonesia and the international forces in East Timor on Wednesday signed a deal designed to prevent clashes on the sensitive Timor border.

8) Former police officers deny role in East Timor mayhem 13/01/2000 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Two key officers who were assigned territorial responsibility in East Timor claimed they had been "relieved" of their duties before violence broke out in the territory.

9) Indonesian president to attend pro-integration congress in Kupang 13/01/2000 (Media Indonesia) Kupang - President Abdurrahman Wahid is scheduled to attend a pro-integration East Timorese congress planned to be held on 26th January in Kupang.

10) Brazil expands role in Timor reconstruction 13/01/2000 (Correio Brasiliense) A Brazilian diplomat will be closely involved with what is likely to be the first country born in the twenty-first century.

11) Tetum-English Dictionary to Aid East Timor 13/01/2000 (The Chronicle of Higher Education) Sydney - " A University of Western Sydney linguist, Geoffrey Hull, has written a dictionary that could help students, professors, and others in East Timor get access to information inEnglish, according to the Campus Review, an Australian newspaper.

12) East Timor militia weapons unveiled at Australian museum 13/01/2000 (AAP) CANBERRA - The weapons wielded by pro-integration militias to spread terror in East Timor were homemade contraptions built of old pipe and held together by string and sticky tape.

REPORTS

13) Daily press briefing of office of spokesman for Secretary-General 13/01/2000 (UNTAET Briefing) Today the Secretary-General is receiving the report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in East Timor.

14) Timor Activity Update 13/01/2000 (International Organisation for Migration) There is an urgent need to facilitate the voluntary return of an estimated 120,000 East Timorese displaced in West Timor

15) Print Media Training Program in Dili. 12/01/2000 (Timor Aid) The training commenced on Saturday, December 18, 1999, 8:30 am, at the Hotel Tourismo. Nobel Peace Laureate and CNRT Vice- President Dr Jose Ramos- Horta was the guest- of- honor and Cerelia "Mellie" Amelia, a reporter with Radio Falintil, welcomed the guests.

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