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EAST TIMOR TODAY - 29/10/99

EAST TIMOR TODAY - 29/10/99

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PHOTOS

a) An aerial view of East Timor's city of Oecussi or also called Ambeno, most of the houses destroyed by rampaging militia in this an enclave of 50,000 people on Timor's north coast Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999. Almost the entire population of the enclave fled into the hills or were taken to West Timor. They have been slowly trickling back since the arrival of the multinational peacekeepers. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel-POOL) - Oct 27

b) An East Timorese man, transported back from Kupang in West Timor, carries a statue of the Virgin Mary as part of his belongings upon his arrival at the Dili port Wednesday. Oct 27

c) Indonsian President Abdurrahman Wahid, right, receives Franciscus Xavier Da Cruz, former Indonesian roving ambassador to East Timor, at the presidential palace in Jakarta Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999. (AP Photo/Muchtar Zakaria)

NEWS

1) Thousands of East Timorese Still Missing 28/10/99 (Washington Post) DILI, East Timor, Oct. 26-Five weeks after a multinational peacekeeping force arrived in devastated East Timor to restore security and bring in supplies, fewer than half of this tiny new country's residents have returned to their homes from refugee camps and mountain hideaways.

2) Eyewitness Accounts By Timorese Refugees 8/10/99 (Amnesty International) Accounts from East Timorese refugees-presented in a combination of verbatim testimony and shorter and longer narratives- a small selection of the testimonies gathered by Amnesty International in interviews conducted in Darwin, Australia, in September 1999.

3) Indonesian army captain released by Falantil Oct 27 (AFP) DILI, East Timor - An Indonesian army captain held captive for almost two months by pro-independence guerrillas has been released, clearing the way for the last Indonesian troops to leave East Timor, the UN said Wednesday.

4) Australia Welcomes Return Of Indonesian Ambassador 28/10/99 (Associated Press) CANBERRA-Foreign Minister Alexander Downer on Tuesday welcomed news that Indonesia is sending a new ambassador to Australia, following a delay caused by strained relations over the East Timor crisis.

5) Wiranto demoted in new Indonesian Cabinet 28/10/99 (The American Reporter) In a final blow to nearly a half century of authoritarian rule, control of Indonesia's armed forces passed from military to political hands Monday when Presaident Gus Dur named a civilian defense minister for the first time in the nation's history and moved armed forces commander General Wiranto to a newly-created but less important Cabinet post.

6) UN appeals for $199 million humanitarian aid for East Timor 28/10/99 (AFP) The United Nations on Wednesday launched an appeal to raise 199 million dollars of humanitarian aid to help the people of East Timor survive the next nine months.

7) Canada Announces $1.5 mil in new aid for E.Timor 28/10/99 Ottawa-Canada's International Cooperation Minister, Maria Minna, today announced a $1.5 million contribution to provide humanitarian assistance and food aid to the victims of the violence in East Timor. This brings Canada's total contribution since the beginning of the crisis to $2.9 million.

8) Last East Timorese prisoners moved to Jakarta pending release 28/10/99 (AFP) Some of the last East Timorese political prisoners held by Indonesia have been moved from a provincial jail to Jakarta pending their release, their lawyer said Wednesday.

Correction: Dead link to story on 26/10/99 repaired: Oecussi - Population all but gone from enclave in ruins 25/10/99 (The Australian)

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