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EAST TIMOR TODAY 9/11/99

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PHOTOS

a) U.S. Marines take shelter from the wind of a CH 53 Super Stallion helicopter after hooking up 15 tons of rice from World Food Program at the Dili airport in East Timor. The rice will be transported to Maliana, 60 kilometers (37 miles) southweat of Dili, to feed thousands of refugees crossing the border from West Timor. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

b) An East Timorese mother carries her baby after crossing the border from West Timor to Batugede Monday, Nov. 8, 1999. Over 100 East Timorese who fled militia violence following the August pro-independence vote returned to East Timor after spending over three months as refugees in Atambua, West Timor. (AP Photo/Weda, Pool)

STORIES

1. East Timor situation devastating, human rights envoys say (9/11/99) DILI, East Timor (AFP) - UN-appointed rapporteurs investigating human rights abuses in East Timor Monday described the situation as devastating and are likely to recommend an international tribunal.

2. UN Officials: Indonesia Denied Visas To Human Rights Team (9/11/99) DILI, East Timor (AP)--U.N. officials Monday accused Indonesia of denying visas to investigators looking into reports of human rights abuses in East Timor. But the Indonesian government denied receiving the visa applications.

3. Murder probe points to the Indonesian military (9/11/99) The Christian Science Monitor, Cameron W. Barr Members of an Indonesian military unit known as Battalion 745 are the leading suspects in the execution-style murder of Monitor contributor Sander Thoenes, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

4. Situation in West Timor deteriorating: UNHCR (9/11/99) DILI, East Timor,(AFP) - A fresh flurry of militia incidents, including one attempt to detonate a hand grenade, has caused the plight of refugees in Indonesian West Timor to deteriorate, a UNHCR spokesperson said Sunday.

5. No money for E.Timor transition, says IMF (9/11/99) By Paul Tait DARWIN, Australia, (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund will not give money to East Timor during the United Nations transitional administration of the battered territory, a regional IMF official said on Sunday.

6. Hopes East Timorese refugee release first of many (9/11/99) ABC Two hundred and fifty people were released today and came over the border at Batugade. That's the spot where Australian and Indonesian forces exchanged fire on 10 October. Now, however, the mood seems to have changed completely and cooperation appears to be the watchword.

7. INDONESIAN FORESTRY CO TO DIVEST EAST TIMOR PROJECT (9/11/99) Asia Pulse Indonesian state-owned forestry company Perhutani said it hoped to change the status of its forestry project developed over a 8,000 hectares in East Timor into a foreign investment project when new government is formed there.

8. Indonesian President Abdurrahman discusses East Timor issue with Thai PM (9/11/99) Asia Pulse Indonesia's new president, President Abdurrahman Wahid, has told Thailand that Indonesia would not object to Thailand and other ASEAN members taking part in a UN peacekeeping force for East Timor.

9. Militias make way for equally dangerous life (9/11/99) Irish Times The atmosphere in Dili has become so relaxed these days that some journalists and soldiers from the International Force in East Timor (Interfet) decided to go for a swim on White Sands beach just outside town, and discovered that there are forms of life just as dangerous as the armed militiaman, which for now seems to be an extinct species.

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