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TIMOR TODAY 14 February 2000

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PHOTOS:

a) Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, right, is greeted by Indonesian Security Minister Gen. Wiranto, left, shortly after arriving in Jakarta early Sunday morning, Feb. 13, 2000. President Abdurrahman Wahid backed down Sunday from his repeated demands that Gen. Wiranto, Indonesia's powerful security minister, to resign. (AP Photo/str)

NEWS

1) President Wahid backs down over Wiranto sacking! 14/02/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - An anticlimax was the result of the high-profile standoff between President Abdurrahman Wahid and Coordinating Minister for Political Affairs and Security Gen. Wiranto when the President stated on Sunday he would allow the minister to remain in the Cabinet, pending a probe into his alleged involvement in last year's East Timor violence.

2) Under attack at home, Indonesia's military reels 14/02/00 (The New York Times) JAKARTA - Perhaps the most telling insult to Indonesia's armed forces, people here say, is that mothers no longer encourage their daughters to marry a military man.

3) Australia starts Timor troops cutback 14/02/00 (The Age) The number of Australian defence force personnel based in East Timor has been reduced to about 3000 men and women, about half of the ADF's peak strength during the emergency period late last year.

4) Workers strike at floating hotels housing UN staff 14/02/00 (Agence France Presse) About 40 East Timorese workers at the Olympia and Amos W. hotels walked off the job on Thursday to protest wages, working hours and alleged discrimination.

5) Timor’s Horta sees Internet future for Timor 14/02/00 (Reuters) BANGKOK - East Timor's future is on the Internet, and it plans to surf it for trade and investment, Nobel Prize-winning independence leader Jose Ramos-Horta said.

6) East Timor chooses Portuguese as official language 14/02/00 (Associated Press) DILI, East Timor - Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao, who many consider likely to become the half-island territory's first president, said East Timor owes its independence to Portugal and should therefore adopt its language as its own.

7) Timor, UN leaders discuss Timor Gap oil, gas revenues 14/02/00 (Associated Press) DILI, East Timor - U.N. administrators and East Timor independence leaders are discussing what to do with millions of dollars from undersea oil and gas reserves between the half-island territory and Australia, a U.N. official said Friday.

PRESS RELEASES

8) Timor Gap Agreement Reached with UNTAET 14/02/00 (Australian Government) We are pleased to announce that the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) has become Australia's partner in the Timor Gap Treaty and that the terms of the treaty will continue to apply.

9) Journalists harassed in West Timor 14/02/00 (Committee to Protect Journalists) The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned about the recent harassment of three Portuguese television journalists, who were detained for three days by police in the Indonesian province of West Timor before being forced to leave the country.

10) Statement on the International Human Rights Tribunal for East Timor 14/02/00 (Free East Timor! Japan Coalition, Amnesty International Japan Section, East Timor People's Peace Relief Project) We request that the UN immediately take the steps toward the punishment of those who are responsible for the crimes against humanities.

REPORTS

11) Indonesian report on the investigation of human rights violations in East Timor 11/02/00 (KOMNASHAM) This is the executive summary from the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (KOMNASHAM) and names 33 Indonesian military personal and their milita proxies.

12) Submission to UN Commission of Inquiry into crimes committed by Indonesian military. 14/02/00 (Timor Aid) The following is the text of a submission to the UN Commission of Inquiry into crimes in East Timor which was presented to the UN Commission in Dili in late 1999.


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