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TIMOR TODAY 02/12/99

TIMOR TODAY 02/12/99

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1) Jose Ramos Horta, center, the Nobel Prize winning advocate for Independence for East Timor touches hands with a throng of well wishers as he walks on East Timorese soil for the first time in 25 years yesterday. (AP Photo/Ed Wray)


1) Horta: Back to E Timor with an agenda for reconciliation 02/12/99 (International Herald Tribune) SINGAPORE - I left East Timor on Dec. 4, 1975, three days before the Indonesian invasion. A private plane took me from Dili to Darwin. I have been abroad ever since, representing the cause of East Timorese independence.

2) Indon president to order the release 18 Timorese prisoners 02/12/99 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA: President Abdurrahman Wahid said on Tuesday that he would order next week the release of 18 East Timorese political prisoners still in Indonesian jails.

3) Indon military fails to keep promises on refugees: UNHCR 02/12/99 (AFP) DILI, East Timor - The number of East Timorese refugees returning from Indonesia has dropped despite Indonesian promises to help speed up their passage, the UN refugee said on Wednesday.

4) Indon govt inquiry blames military for E Timor killings & destructions. 02/12/99 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA: A government-sanctioned inquiry said on Wednesday that the Indonesian Military (TNI) was directly or indirectly involved in extra-judicial executions in the ravaged territory of East Timor after the Aug. 30 self-determination ballot.

5) Military chief denies military ties with Timor militias 02/12/99 (AFP) JAKARTA - The head of an Indonesian rights commission on East Timor said Wednesday the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) had denied having close ties with the pro-Jakarta militia groups which ravaged East Timor.

6) President Wahid: No Objection to Timor office in Jakarta 02/12/99 (ANTARA) President Abdurrahman Wahid said he has no objection to the National Council for East Timorese Resistance (CNRT) opening a representative office in Jakarta in the near future.

7) Australia: East Timor will get royalties in Gap Treaty 02/12/99 (AAP) SYDNEY - Royalties from the Timor Gap Treaty had the potential to become "a nice little earner" for East Timor, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said today.

8) New Zealand soldier dies in crash, first to be killed in East Timor 02/12/99 (AFP) DILI, East Timor - A New Zealand soldier became the first trooper with multinational peacekeepers here to be killed in East Timor when his truck crashed Tuesday, a statement said.

9) General Cosgrove sees Falintil in police role 02/12/99 (Sydney Morning Herald) Dili - Major-General Peter Cosgrove, the Australian commander of the international force in East Timor (Interfet), said yesterday that he considered it unlikely pro-independence Falintil guerillas would disarm as required by UN law.

10) Philippines worry about cost of peace keeping leadership role. 02/12/99 (Dow Jones Newswires) CANBERRAùAustraliaÆs Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Wednesday that while the Philippines is likely to lead an international peacekeeping force in East Timor, it is concerned about funding the operation.

11) Aceh Enigma: Old Sins With Long Shadows 02/12/99 (Jakarta Post) SURABAYA: The policy was implemented supposedly to even out population distribution in the country and to relieve the island of Java of its overcrowding by relocating whole villages to underpopulated regions throughout the country. This imposed, as well as engineered, movement of people was most unnatural and has brought about ethnic tensions between the Javanese transmigrants and the non-Javanese indigenous people.


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