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TIMOR TODAY 16 February 2000

For full text see… http://www.easttimor.com/

PHOTOS:

a) Australian soldiers step onto a Russian MI-26 helicopter their final departure from the Oecussi enclave, a small region of East Timor which is actually in West Timor, and was the scene of frequent border incursions by pro-Indonesian militias. Military command of Oecussi was transferred from Interfet Forces to a Jordanian UN Force. (AP Photo/Ed Wray)

NEWS

1) Timor rights officials welcome Wiranto decision 16/02/00 (AAP) DILI, East Timor - Human rights officials in East Timor today welcomed Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid's sacking of General Wiranto, but warned it may allow the military to avoid an International investigation into its activities in East Timor.

2) Timorese to meet in Singapore to negotiate return of former militia 16/02/00 (The Australian) DILI - A confidential meeting to open the way for East Timor's most-feared militia leaders to return to the young nation they tried to destroy is scheduled to take place in Singapore next week.

3) CNRT accused of violence 16/02/00 (AAP) CANBERRA - East Timor's main political organisation, the National Council for East Timorese Resistance (CNRT), was attacking some of the people it had fought to protect, it was reported today.

4) Portuguese president pays respects to East Timor dead 16/02/00 (Agence France Presse) DILI, East Timor - Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio Sunday took time out during his historic visit to East Timor to pay his respects to about 150 people killed by Indonesian troops in a cemetery massacre in 1991.

5) Last of Aussie troops leave East Timor enclave 16/02/00 (AAP) OECUSSI, East Timor - The last 70 Australian troops left this East Timorese enclave today after a ceremony handing command of Oecussi to a Battalion of 700 Jordanian troops under United Nations command.

6) Timor-bound Jordanian troops expelled for sexual harassment 16/02/00 (Reuters) CANBERRA - Three Jordanian U.N. peacekeepers en route to East Timor were sent home from Australia after a female cadet complained of sexual harassment, Australian authorities said on Tuesday.

7) Militia leader's confession to Indonesian investigation 16/02/00 (Media Indonesia) The following is the confession of a man suspected of involvement in human rights abuses as given to the commission.

ANALYSIS

8) After Fear, Before Justice 16/02/00 (Inside Indonesia) It's a bad time to talk about relations between Indonesia and Australia as if ethics were important. Over the bodies of East Timorese, Australian and Indonesian political leaders matched each other, measure for repulsive measure, each marked by racialised nationalism, self-interest and brazen hypocrisy.

REPORTS

9) 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.

10) Press Conf by de Mello and Sampaio 16/02/00 (UNTAET) These are near verbatim excerpts of a press briefing by SRSG Sergio Vieira de Mello at Dili Governor Palace after meeting President Jorge Sampaio of PortugalCentral Sector under control of peacekeeping force 16/02/00 (UNTAET) DILI - The command of Central Sector of East Timor, between Dili and Same, was handed over today to UNTAET Peacekeeping Force in a ceremony in Dili.

11) Australian defence chief thanks international participants in East Timor mission 16/02/00 (Australian Government) CANBERRA - The Chief of the Defence Force, Admiral Chris Barrie, returned from East Timor yesterday after thanking the multi-national participants of INTERFET for their efforts in assisting to bring peace and stability to East Timor under the United Nations mandate.

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