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TIMOR TODAY 15 February 2000

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PHOTOS:

a) Former Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Security Gen. Wiranto, right, wipes his eye during the swearing in ceremony of his replacement at the state palace in Jakarta yesterday. In a surprise reversal, Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid suspended his powerful security minister, Gen. Wiranto, from the Cabinet over his alleged role in last year's bloodshed in East Timor. At rear right is Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

NEWS

1) Legislators hail Gus Dur's move to suspend Wiranto 15/02/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Legislators and political observers on Monday expressed their overwhelming support for the decision to suspend Gen. Wiranto from his Cabinet post as coordinating minister for political affairs and security.

2) Indonesian team standing by to explore Timor rights abuses 15/02/00 (Agence France-Presse) Jakarta - The Indonesian team that will officially investigate human rights violations in East Timor, including the role of the former military chief General Wiranto, has already been formed, the Attorney General, Mr Marzuki Darusman, said yesterday.

3) Retired general criticizes plan to pardon Wiranto 15/02/00 (Indonesian Observer) JAKARTA — An outspoken retired general has blasted President Abdurrahman Wahid’s plan to pardon General Wiranto if he is found guilty of responsibility for last September’s carnage in East Timor.

4) Australia hands East Timor peace mission to Portugal 15/02/00 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "In East Timor Interfet's handover to UN peacekeeping soldiers is gathering pace. Today the Command of the Central Sector, which includes the capital Dili, was handed over to a Portuguese-led peacekeeping force."

5) Leader of notorious militia gang faces execution 15/02/00 (South China Morning Post) EAST TIMOR - When Moko Soares stalked East Timor, it seemed nobody was safe. He and his militiamen murdered, raped and struck fear wherever they went.

6) Governor wants rid of burdensome East Timor refugees 15/02/00 (Jawa Pos) Kupang - The governor of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Piet Alexander Tallo, said it would be better if all East Timorese refugees returned to their homeland so the humanitarian problem could be settled.

REPORTS

7) 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.

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