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TIMOR TODAY 23 February 2000

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PHOTOS:

a) Former Indonesian military commander for East Timor Col. Tono Suratman, left, claims there had been two landings of helicopters similar to Pumas - a description fitting Seahawk helicopters which can be operated from Australian navy ships. He said the flights happened while a large vessel with a helicopter landing pad sailed off the East Timor coast. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

NEWS

1) Indonesian forces invoved in spy ploy 23/02/00 (The Age) Operatives from Indonesia's special forces, Kopassus, made extraordinary efforts to implicate Australia in illegal spy flights in East Timor last year, according to Australian intelligence sources.

2) UN not specific on when E Timor will be independent 23/02/00 (AAP) The United Nations wanted East Timorese in position to run their newly-independent state before the UN transitional authority withdrew, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

3) Jakarta's Thugs in Red Berets Finally Brought to Account 23/02/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) They call them Black Operations - kidnapping, killing, torturing, raping, burning and looting designed to intimidate opposition or set communities against each other. Sometimes they wear black masks, other times they pose as local thugs.

4) Mission Accomplished 23/02/00 (The Age) East Timorese living in the Oecussi enclave in West Timor have decided to commemorate 22October, the day InterFET troops landed, as "the day Oecussi was saved".

5) Extended Interview with Wiranto 23/02/00 (TIME Magazine) 'I Tried to Build a House of Peace'. Interview with General Wiranto, suspended from Cabinet duty pending an investigation into East Timor atrocities.

6) Juwono Sudarsono - 'Wiranto had it oming' 23/02/00 (TIME Magazine) Interview with Juwono Sudarsono, Indonesia's first civilian defense minister.

7) Australian firm to build $28 million oil platform 23/02/00 (NT News) Aker Shore Base has signed a partnership agreement with Perth-based Clough Engineering to assemble a giant offshore gas and petroleum production platform, known as a float-over, at the lucrative Bayu-Undan oil and gas field, about 500km NW of Darwin.

REPORTS

8) World Bank multilateral trust fund for East Timor, fact sheet 23/02/00 (World Bank) The meeting was co-chaired by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) and the World Bank, and hosted by the Government of Japan.

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