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TIMOR TODAY 01 February 2000

TIMOR TODAY 01 February 2000

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a) Indonesian Gen. Wiranto, then armed forces chief, is pictured during a visit following recent violence in Dili, East Timor, in this July 12, 1999 file photo. Indonesia's state-sponsored human rights commission Monday accused Wiranto and 32 other officers of helping anti- independence militias wage a campaign of violence and destruction after the half-island territory voted to break away from Indonesia on Aug. 30. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)


1) Indonesia's Men of Shame: The bloody Puppeteers 01/02/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) Indonesia's former military chief General Wiranto - named last night at the top of a list of those responsible for last year's atrocities in East Timor - is under extreme pressure to step down from Cabinet.

2) Indonesian military respects KPP HAM's findings 01/02/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA (JP): The Indonesian Military (TNI) said on Monday it fully respected the findings of the government- sponsored Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Violations (KPP HAM) in East Timor.

3) Top Indon generals deny responsibility for East Timor 01/02/00 (Associated Press) JAKARTA - Indonesia's ex-military commander Gen. Wiranto hunkered down Monday amid expectations that separate Indonesian and U.N. investigations would find him and other army top brass culpable for a wave of killings and destruction across East Timor last year.

4) Militia leader's ingeniously cruel forms of murder 01/02/00 (The Independent) The leader of the Succuna militia is a person known as Moko Soares. As far as I'm concerned he is a cynical bandit and a vicious murderer. I believe that man has a blood lust, and he has little regard for the people of Oecussi.

5) "Wahid to Urge Wiranto's Resignation 01/02/00 (Australian Financial Review) Indonesia's President Abdurrahman Wahid will ask former armed forces chief General Wiranto to step down as a Cabinet minister of his government upon Mr Wahid's return to Jakarta.

6) Akbar urges military top brass to resign 01/02/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Akbar Tandjung said on Monday that Indonesian Military (TNI) top brass found to be involved in the East Timor debacle should resign.

7) More than 150,000 East Timorese begin 5th month in West Timor camps 01/02/00 (AFP) KUPANG - Five months after their flight from violence in East Timor, more than 150,000 people are still languishing in West Timorese camps where security is described as "fragile.

8) "'We were lucky to get out alive!ö 01/02/00 (Sunday Telegraph) I came face to face with the brutality behind the terror in these refugee camps when I was attacked by a screaming mob of militiamen who punched us, stoned us and beat us with wooden staves.


9) Judgment day for Indonesia 01/02/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) Time was, not so long ago, when a judge's job in Jakarta was easy in any case with political overtones. However unlikely the accused plotter, however eloquent the defence, the verdict was always the same: guilty.


10) Justice for East Timor 01/02/00 (Sydney Morning Herald ) Reports published by the Herald in recent days show the planned nature of last year's militia violence in East Timor, in which up to 2,000 people are now thought to have been killed.


11) UN: Report of International Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations 01/02/00 (UN) The thrust of the report and the conclusions of the International Commission of Inquiry are consistent with those of the Special Rapporteurs and with information available through the reports of the United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNAMET) and the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor (UNTAET) and other independent observers.


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