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TIMOR TODAY 12/10/99

TIMOR TODAY 12/10/99

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PHOTOS

a) Australian Major David Kilcullen (L) discusses a standoff with an Indonesian officer in the border village of Motaan Sunday after Indonesian forces opened fire on Australian troops working under the International Forces for East Timor (INTERFET). (Reuters - Straits Times)

b) East Timorese reufgees smile as they find their family members in a crowd of refugees who just arrived at the footbal stadium in Dili, East Timor, from a refugee camp in Kupang, West Timor Monday. The U.N. flew refugees back to East Timor for the third day Monday as they begin an operation to repatriate the 230,000 refugees living in West Timor. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

NEWS

1) Kopassus stoking tensions along the border 12/10/99 (Sydney Morning Herald) The commander of the Interfet force, Major-General Peter Cosgrove, says the weekend gun battle with Indonesian troops was an "act of villainy". Several senior Australian officers have claimed privately that Indonesian special forces troops are stoking tensions along the volatile border.

2) Hold your fire, Howard tells Jakarta 12/10/99 (Sydney Morning Herald) Australia will seek urgent guarantees that there will be no further attacks by Indonesian patrols on Interfet soldiers securing the East Timor border.

3) Interfet, Jakarta harden their positions over border clash 12/10/99 (AFP) "I have protested in the strongest terms to local Indonesian army authorities," Cosgrove told Australia’s ABC television in Dili. "We have very accurate maps, and we also use a global positioning system device ... We know to within a few meters (yards) where we are.

4) More refugees flown back to East Timor from Indonesia 12/10/99 (AFP) KUPANG, Indonesia - Some 292 East Timorese refugees who had fled or been pushed into Indonesian West Timor were flown back home Monday aboard a UN chartered aircraft, bringing the total since the first flights Friday to 660.

5) We accepted the risk, now we accept the cost, Gusmao says 12/10/99 (AFP) MELBOURNE, Australia - The East Timorese people were prepared to accept the risk of armed struggle against Indonesia and now accept the high cost of their freedom, resistance leader Xanana Gusmao said Monday.

6) US Congressmen Want Indonesian Cadets Sent Home 12/10/99 (Boston Globe) NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Department of Defense should investigate a Norwich University program that trains future members of the Indonesian military, two members of Congress said this week.

BRIEFINGS

7) West Timor: The suffering still continues. A report from Kupang 12/10/99 (ETISC) Babies have been killed in the following four ways, according to stories of refugees in Kupang: a) Smashed against the wall till they were quivering and dead. b) Thrown into fires c) Piled up in heaps then stabbed with a long sword d) Hold the child’s legs and tear them apart. .

8) InterFET: Operations Updates Oct. 10 & 11, 1999 12/10/99 (Interfet) INTERFET continues to conduct operations aimed at improving the security situation in East Timor with forces continuing to build a presence in western areas of the region.

9) Carter calls on Indonesia to ensure safe return of refugees 12/10/99 (The Carter Center) "I am deeply disturbed that many refugee camps in parts of Indonesia are effectively under the control of armed East Timorese militias who, in some instances, are being actively supported by the Indonesian military and police."

10) Santa Cruz murderer re- appears in Timor in 1999 12/10/99 (TAPOL) The army officer who probably did more than any other to provoke the events that led to the Santa Cruz massacre, Geerhan Lantara, recently re-emerged as a key figure in organising the TNI/militias’ murderous.

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