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TIMOR TODAY 21 February 2000

TIMOR TODAY 21 February 2000

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a) Over 10,000 people had gathered to meet with friends and relatives during the once per week border opening, and the situation became tense after rocks were thrown and Indonesian soldiers firedseveral hundred rounds to dispurse the crowd. There were no injuries reported. (AP Photo/Ed Wray)


1) Violence mars Timor re-union 21/02/00 (BBC) Batugade - Indonesian troops fired in the air to halt violence that broke out during a mass family reunion on the border between East and West Timor.

2) World Bank Considers Timor Inquiry 21/02/00 (BBC) Jakarta - The president of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn, has said that, if necessary, he will investigate fresh allegations that millions of dollars of World Bank funds were diverted by the former Indonesian government to finance militia gangs in East Timor.

3) East Timor Press Struggles To Emerge 21/02/00 (The Freedom Forum Online) DILI, East Timor ù In impoverished, war-devastated East Timor, the most urgent needs are food, water, shelter, clothing ù and a printing press.

4) Pentagon quietly resumes training Indon military officers 21/02/00 (Washington Post) JAKARTA - The U.S. Defense Department has quietly resumed training Indonesian military officers in the United States, restoring a key element of the Pentagon's relationship with Indonesia that was suspended last year after Indonesian soldiers took part in the violence that engulfed East Timor.

5) UN Annan overwhelmed by amount of destruction in E Timor 21/02/00 (Associated Press) DILI, East Timor - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan left East Timor Friday for Australia after spending an emotional 24 hours in the devastated former Indonesian province.

6) Goodwill ebbs as unemployed grow restless 21/02/00 (South China Morning Post) DILI - The emotion and jubilation with which East Timorese greeted UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday reflected their gratitude towards the world body.


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