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TIMOR TODAY 24/10/99

TIMOR TODAY 24/10/99

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PHOTOS

a) East Timorese pro-independence leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao speaks to the press at U.N. headquarters in Dili, East Timor Saturday Oct. 23, 1999. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) Gusmao puts brakes on high expectations in E. Timor 24/10/1999(AP)

b) East Timorese pro-independence leader "Xanana" Gusmao gestures during a high security press conference in Dili, East Timor, Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999. Gusmao told reporters that East Timor's independence struggle would go down as a dark page in the book of history. (AP Photo/Rob Elliott, Pool)

c) East Timorese Falintil soldiers sing and perform a traditional dance at their camp in Remexio, in the hills outside of Dili, East TimoR, Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999. The new Falintil headquarters is buzzing with activity as residents prepare for the arrival of their leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

NEWS

1) A Timor Leader’s Emotional Return 24/10/99 The New York Times JAKARTA, Indonesia—With controlled fury, as if with each word he could begin to rebuild his shattered homeland, the leader of East Timor, Jose Alexandre Gusmao, exhorted his weeping countrymen Friday to show the world their strength.

2) East Timor independence leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao tried on Saturday to ease the high expectations created by his return to his devastated homeland.

3) Independence figure’s house set ablaze in Dili 24/10/99 (AFP) The Dili home of East Timorese independence leader Manuel Carrascalao, where his teenaged son died in a pro-Jakarta militia attack in April, was ablaze Saturday, witnesses said.

4) Refugees return to East Timor barred from fetching families 24/10/99(AFP) More refugees have crossed into East Timor by land, but the Indonesian military has refused to allow them to go back and get their families, a UN refugee official said Saturday.

5) Atauro Island seeks Interfet protection 24/10/99 REUTERS Residents of Atauro Island, a part of East Timor, who complain that multinational forces who visited by helicopter earlier this week should have stayed to protect them from the Indonesian army and police nearby.

6) UN Force Tightens Grip On East Timor Enclave 24/10/99 Reuters DILI, East Timor — U.N.-backed troops in East Timor tightened their grip on the enclave of Oecussi Saturday, pouring troops, food aid and equipment into the isolated area by air and sea, a military spokesman said.

7) A Killing Ground Without Corpses 24/10/99 Washington Post SUAI, East Timor, Oct. 21—On Sept. 6, at a Roman Catholic compound comprising the cathedral, Our Lady of Fatima Church and several other buildings, survivors say a throng of pro-Indonesia militiamen engaged in one of the bloodiest acts of retribution against the people of East Timor, who days earlier had voted to secede from Indonesia. But despite all the indications of a mass killing here, Australian army investigators with an international peacekeeping force have run into an unusual hurdle in trying to determine exactly what happened—a lack of bodies.

8) Last Indonesian Soldiers Pulling Out From East Timor 24/10/99 Associated Press A quarter-century after storming ashore in a massive invasion, the last Indonesian troops are quietly packing up and trickling out of East Timor.

9) Cosgrove’s war and peace 24/10/99 The Age [Melbourne] Major-General Peter Cosgrove is not quite at war and not quite at peace. The Australian leader of the multi-national peacekeeping force in East Timor is commanding the type of complex military operation that has become commonplace in the late 20th century.

EDITORIAL

10) What are Indonesia’s Special Forces doing in Vermont? 24/10/99 Quietly tucked away in the Vermont hills, the only private military college in the country has been educating and training current and future members of the Indonesian army. During homecoming week at Norwich University, parents strolled the bucolic campus, crimson leaves glistening in the bright fall sunshine. A world away, that same hue ran in the streets of East Timor. The Norwich program, which includes both undergraduate and graduate military training, was arranged in 1997 by high-ranking Indonesian military officers suspected of committing crimes against humanity in East Timor.

11) The reality of our diplomacy 24/10/99 The Age The East Timor crisis and Australia’s leading role in the UN-authorised International Force for East Timor (InterFET) have brought Indonesian- Australian relations to a low point. But these developments have also been accompanied by new questioning in Australia of the Australia-US defence relationship - evoking the classic twin fears of either being controlled or left in the lurch by Australia’s superpower ally.

ENDS

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