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TIMOR TODAY 3/11/99

TIMOR TODAY 3/11/99

See http://www.easttimor.com/ for full text and photos.

PHOTOS

a) U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Gelbard, center, is greeted by an unidentified U.S. Marine upon his arrival at the Dili airport, East Timor, Tuesday Nov. 2,1999. Gelbard is the first high level U.S. official to visit East Timor since the August 30th referendum vote for independece which plunged the territory into chaos. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) b) Representatives from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other multilateral aid agencies arrive at the Dili airport Thursday, October 29, 1999. The agencies arrived in Dili to map out a plan on how to rebuild East Timor following pro-Indonesia militia violence after a referendum for independence. (AP Photo/Jimin Lai, Pool)

c) A woman grieves at a child's grave in the Santa Cruz cemetery on All Souls Day, in Dili, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999. Thousands turned out to celebrate the holiday, spending time at the graves of loved ones to honor the dead. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

NEWS

1) Militia Less Capable Of Destabilizing East Timor - Report 3/11/99 Associated Press The capacity of pro-Indonesian militias to destabilize East Timor has been reduced to a very low level, according to a report to the U.N on the operations of the multinational force released Monday.

2) US ambassador warns militia in West Timor to stop violence 3/11/99 (AFP) US ambassador to Indonesia Robert Gelbard on Tuesday warned the pro-Jakarta militia operating in West Timor that they must stop using force or the United States would resort to any means possible to stop them.

3) NTT governor denies militia terror against refugees 3/11/99 Indonesian Observer The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) governor yesterday denied reports that East Timor's pro-integration forces have launched terror and intimidation against refugees living in makeshift camps in the neighbouring province.

4) Reports emerge of more militia brutality in West Timor 3/11/99 (ABC) - PM News 2 Nov ..there are more disturbing reports from West Timor today that suggest that East Timorese refugees are continuing to be terrorised by militias. The Jakarta based group, the National Commission on Human Rights, has just returned from West Timor where it's estimated that there are still around 230,000 refugees. Only 20,000 have been repatriated to East Timor. The report found that armed pro-integration militias control a number of camps and they're intimidating, raping and forcibly recruiting East Timorese.

5) Interfet anxious to have high-level Indonesian military contact 3/11/99 ABC The commander of international forces in East Timor, Major General Peter Cosgrove, says he is anxious to establish high level contact with the Indonesian military as soon as possible... General Cosgrove says communication is needed urgently to discuss security along the border with West Timor so that refugees can return home before the wet season.

6) World Bank team roughs it in East Timor 3/11/99 (Reuters) Fifty identical green tents dot the marble floors of the dimly lit auditorium in a ransacked complex of buildings on Dili's waterfront that once held the offices of the governor of East Timor.

7) East Timorese remember dead of independence struggle at massacre site

3/11/99 (AFP) Thousands of East Timorese Tuesday packed Dili's Santa Cruz cemetery, where Indonesian troops massacred around 150 civilians in 1991, to commemorate the victims of the independence struggle.

8) Downer denies lobbying for Australian-led peacekeepers 3/11/99 ABC - The World Today Last night in an ABC interview on our PM program, East Timor's Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Jose Ramos- Horta, rejected Malaysia or any other Asian country for the leadership. He says the East Timorese leadership wants Australia to continue the work. Mr Downer denies that Australia has been lobbying for the job...

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