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TIMOR TODAY 18 February 2000

TIMOR TODAY 18 February 2000

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PHOTOS:

a) United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, right, with Indonesian Foreign Minister Alwi Shihab before heading to East Timor yesterday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

NEWS

1) In Liquica, emotional Annan promises justice 18/02/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) LIQUICA - With tears in his eyes, the UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, embraced wailing women yesterday and promised justice as he inspected the site of one of the worst recent atrocities inflicted on East Timor.

2) World Bank Funds 'Diverted to Finance Militias' 18/02/00 (South China Morning Post) Jakarta - The Indonesian Government diverted millions of dollars in World Bank aid money to finance the establishment of the militia groups that laid waste to East Timor last year, Australian television claims.

3) World Bank rejects Indon funds misuse claim 18/02/00 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) The World Bank says there is no evidence its funds were misused by Indonesia as it fought to retain control of East Timor.

4) Militia supergrass told all to Australia four months before ballot 18/02/00 (ABC) Request: people with any further details of such intelligence on Timor gathered early by western intelligence agencies should forward details, marked 'Attn: Peter', to 4corners@your.abc.net.au or Four Corners, GPO Box 9994, Sydney 2001, Australia.

5) Indon Atty Gen: Timor rights charges to be filed soon 18/02/00 (Associated Press) JAKARTA - Indonesian prosecutors investigating human rights violations in devastated East Timor will file charges next month, Indonesia's Attorney General Marzuki Darusman said Thursday.

6) Indon govt plans to resettle 80,000 East Timorese 18/02/00 (Indonesian Observer) JAKARTA — Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare and Poverty Eradication Basri Hasanuddin says the government is preparing to resettle about 80,000 East Timor refugees in East Nusatenggara (NTT).

7) UNTAET invites Indonesian businessmen to invest in East Timor 18/02/00 (Antara) JAKARTA - The UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) has provided an opportunity for Indonesian investors to do business in East Timor.

8) Indonesia to be formally excluded from Timor Gap treaty today 18/02/00 (AAP) CANBERRA - Indonesia will be formally excluded from a treaty with Australia on the oil rich Timor Gap, under legislation introduced in parliament today.

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