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TIMOR TODAY 21/10/99

TIMOR TODAY 21/10/99

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PHOTOS

a) Newly elected Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid. Parliament elected Wahid an ailing but revered Muslim moderate as Indonesia's new leader , infuriating Megawati Sukarnoputri's supporters who flooded into the streets in violent protest. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

b) Megawati Sukarnoputri supporters gather to weep in Jakarta as they learn of her defeat in the Indonesian Presidential elections Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999. Abdurrahman Wahid defeated Megawati to become Indonesia's fourth president by a vote of 373-to-313. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

c) Three unidentified men lie injured on the street following a bomb explosion Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, near the Indonesian Parliament building in Jakarta. Earlier in the day an explosive device exploded near the Hotel Traffic Circle also in Jakarta. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

NEWS

1) Jakarta poll triggers anxiety 20/10/99 (Australian Financial Review) Indonesia faces economic uncertainty in the hands of an untried leader following the victory by the nearly blind Muslim cleric, Mr Abdurrahman Wahid, in the presidential election yesterday.

2) Indonesian troops ordered refugees freed from West Timor camp 20/10/99 (AFP) DILI, East Timor - Heavily armed Indonesian soldiers ordered militias to release 2,500 East Timorese refugees from a camp in West Timor, in what appears to be a shift in Indonesian government policy, aid agencies said Wednesday.

3) Portugal Open To Resuming Diplomatic Ties With Indonesia 21/10/99 (Associated Press) LISBON (AP)--The election of moderate Muslim leader Abdurrahman Wahid as IndonesiaÆs new president could pave the way for Lisbon to restore diplomatic ties with Jakarta, President Jorge Sampaio said Wednesday.

4) Door open for Gusmao to return to East Timor: UN 21/10/99 (AFP) DILI, East Timor - The door is open for independence leader Xanana Gusmao to return home to East Timor without delay, UN Mission in East Timor (UNAMET) head Ian Martin said here Wednesday.

5) Refugee babies dying, children being abducted for sex exploitation. 21/10/99 (Suara Pembaruan and Kompas) At least 312 East Timorese babies have died in refugee camps in Nusa Tenggara Timur (West Timor) and 11,892 are ill and suffering from malnutrition.

6) Ravaged E.Timor pays little heed to Indonesia vote 21/10/99 (Reuters) DILI, East Timor - The shattered city of Dili was too preoccupied with the slow struggle of getting back on its feet on Tuesday to pay much attention to JakartaÆs decision to give East Timor its independence.

7) Jose Ramos Horta calls for Australia to lead UN force 21/10/99 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "Let me say, when it comes to the first command for the peace keeping once we finish with the current phase it must, the command must be retained in AustraliaÆs hands."

8) Gusmao praises Habibie for changing policy on East Timor 21/10/99 (AFP) DARWIN - East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao praised outgoing Indonesian President B.J. Habibie for his "courage and vision" in paving the way for independence for East Timor.

BRIEFINGS

9) Interview with former US Defense attachT to Indonesia 20/10/99 (Van Zorge report on Indonesia) "In my view, based on the information available and my own analysis, the operation to destabilize and brutalize East Timor was a deliberately planned covert operation carried out in accordance with orders issued by someone in authority over at least some elements of the armed forces".

ENDS

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