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TIMOR TODAY 10 February 2000

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PHOTOS:

a) East Timor leaders Jose Alexandre Gusmao speaks to reporters at a press conference after meeting with Malaysian officials and activists on a six-nation Asian tour. Gusmao, traveling with compatriot and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta, said East Timor not only needed material help but also support to form political and social institutions and its government.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

NEWS

1) Malaysia says misunderstandings with East Timor leaders cleared up 10/02/00 (AFP) KUALA LUMPUR - East Timor's independence leaders Tuesday met Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a strong critic of the territory's breakaway from Indonesia, and Malaysian officials said later the meeting had cleared the air.

2) Jordanian peacekeepers defend reputation 10/02/00 (Agence France Presse) AMMAN - Jordanian peacekeepers were heading Monday to the troubled territory of East Timor armed with a "spotless" reputation earned in other hot spots like the former Yugoslavia, the army and diplomats said.

3) Exiled Timorese militia sells arms to Ambon fighters 10/02/00 (South China Morning Post) Kupang, West Timor - Defeated East Timorese militia exiled in Indonesian West Timor are selling their weapons to Christian fighters in Ambon to make money.

4) Cosgrove praises arrest of massacre suspect 10/02/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) Dili: A militia leader suspected of involvement in a massacre in East Timor and of attacking Australian troops has been arrested by Indonesian authorities following allegations by Interfet forces.

5) Indon attorney-general "not serious" about Timor attrocities 10/02/00 (Suara Karya) Jakarta - Director of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation Bambang Widjojanto believed that Attorney-General Marzuki Darusman had yet to seriously respond to the recommendations of the KPP HAM (Commission for the Investigation of Human Rights Abuses in East Timor) concerning human rights violations in East Timor.

6) Jakarta must hold trials to avoid international tribunal: Ramos-Horta 10/02/00 (AFP) KUALA LUMPUR - Indonesia should put on trial those responsible for militia atrocities in East Timor to avoid an international war crimes tribunal, visiting East Timorese independence leader Jose Ramos-Horta said.

7) Portuguese magnate to purchase stake in coffee 10/02/00 (Associated Press) LISBON - Portugal's top coffee producer is buying a stake in coffee grown in East Timor, where U.S. companies have so far been the main purchasers.

8) Jakarta's gift angers UDT leader 10/02/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - "Joao has reacted badly to the military aircraft. His whole objection was based on the possibility of a popular protest. "My own assessment is he's jockeying for a political position and he's frustrated at what he sees as Xanana getting all the limelight."

OPINION

9) Gus Dur Will End Standoff In His Own Way 10/02/00 (Jakarta Post) Jakarta - President Abdurrahman Wahid has yet to return from an overseas tour in which his statements have made waves at home.

REPORTS

10) IOM: Timor Activity Update: 08 Feb 2000 10/02/00 (International Organisation for Migration)

11) UNTAET Humanitarian Pillar Situation Report 08 to 09 Feb 2000 10/02/00 (UNTAET)

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