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TIMOR TODAY 14/01/2000

TIMOR TODAY 14/01/2000

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PHOTOS:

a) Unidentified East Timorese stand in their village of Pukalete, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Dili. The villagers complained that they had yet to receive food or medical help from the huge humanitarian relief effort to East Timor, echoing the sentiments of a statement made earlier by Jose "Xanana" Gusmao, president of pro- independence group CNRT, in which he spoke of the frustration of the East Timorese at the slow pace of rebuilding their devastated country. (AP Photo/Jonathan Perugia)

STORIES:

1) Humanitarian Appeal for Children and Women 14/01/2000 (UNICEF) UNICEF has defined projects in four sectors to provide immediate assistance to women and children

2) UK likely to support ending the EU arms embargo 14/01/2000 (The Independent) TONY BLAIR is to resume the sale of Hawk jets and other arms to Indonesia by lifting a Europewide embargo imposed during the East Timor crisis.

3) UN police arrest East Timor massacre suspect 14/01/2000 (Agence France Presse) DILI, East Timor - UN civilian police here have arrested a pro-Indonesian militiaman implicated in one of the first mass murders committed in East Timor last year, officials said Thursday.

4) When the vultures descend in Dili 14/01/2000 (Sam da Silva) Many East Timorese UNAMET staff are yet to be paid for work they did prior to Septemember 1999. The UNÆs excuse is that employment records of local staff were destroyed by the militia. International staff didnÆt have that problem because their records were kept safe in New York.

5) Australia wins US praise for role in East Timor crisis 14/01/2000 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) High praise tonight from the White House for AustraliaÆs efforts in East Timor.

6) 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.

7) 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.

8) 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.

REPORTS

9) The misleading issue of recovering bodies 14/01/2000 (East Timor Observatory) Any conclusions reached on the basis of evaluating the crimes committed according to the bodies recovered and officially identified will be totally misleading.

10) 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.

NOTICES

11) ICRC collects messages from separated relatives.

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