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TIMOR TODAY 29 February 2000

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PHOTOS:

a) A U.N. policeman escorts a special bullet-proof car and ambulance being flown in in advance of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid's visit. Wahid will make Indonesia's first state visit to an independent East Timor on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ed Wray)

NEWS

1) Horta hails visit as a milestone 29/02/00 (Straits Times) DILI -- East Timorese leader Jose Ramos-Horta yesterday hailed the upcoming visit of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid to the devastated territory as the turning of a new page, and warned against anti-Indonesian protests.

2) U.N. boosts security ahead of Indonesian president's East Timor visit 29/02/00 (AP) DILI - Security is being tightened ahead of a landmark visit by Indonesia's President Abdurrahman Wahid, who is traveling to East Timor to foster reconciliation with the territory ravaged by Indonesian forces, a U.N. spokesman said Monday.

3) Jakarta to open representative office in Dili 28/02/00 (Straits Times) JAKARTA -- Nearly five months after the last Indonesian soldier withdrew from East Timor, President Abdurrahman Wahid said yesterday that he would open an Indonesian representative office there when he visits this week.

4) Wahid will try to resolve border problems on E. Timor visit 29/02/00 (AAP) JAKARTA - Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid will try to resolve border problems with the fledgling nation of East Timor when he visits the former province next week.

5) Indonesia's feared Kopassus unit faces decimation 29/02/00 (The Daily Yomiuri) JAKARTA - The Indonesian Army will cut close to 90 percent of the soldiers in its elite Kopassus special forces brigade, a source close to armed forces commander Adm. Widodo Adi Sutjipto told The Yomiuri Shimbun on Saturday.

6) Interfet's Exit Has Militia On Warpath 29/02/00 (The Australian) THE capture of a militia reconnaissance team inside East Timor just one day after Major-General Peter Cosgrove's departure marks a heightened campaign of militia activity in the wake of the Interfet pullout.

7) West Timor wants share of Gap oil 29/02/00 (ANTARA) KUPANG - East Nusa Tenggara (West Timor) government officials and politicians seem set to launch a campaign to secure a share for their province in the rights to exploit the oil-rich Timor Gap.

8) New oil and gas pact agreed to by Australia and E Timor 29/02/00 (Australian Associated Press) A new multi-billion-dollar agreement to recover oil and gas from the Timor Sea was signed today with the promise of a major income stream for embattled East Timor.

9) Timor Ire At Coffee Tax 29/02/00 (Australian Financial Review) Dili - An impost on coffee exports in East Timor, among tax measures to be announced by the governing United Nations authority this week, was introduced at the insistence of the International Monetary Fund, despite resistance from the World Bank, UN staff and most Timorese leaders.

10) Fine coffee offers sweet smell of trading success 29/02/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) Ermera - The coffee trees in this prime highland growing area are laden with berries, promising aficianados of arguably the world's finest arabica renewed supplies from East Timor and a welcome flow of cash to its destitute population.

11) Former militia members targeted amid the devastation 29/02/00 (AAP) But some of those returning are former militia members, a situation which brings NGOs into direct conflict with CNRT, the pro-independence East Timorese political party that forms the only local administration.

IMPORTANT LINKS

12) USAID jobs vacancies 29/02/00 (USAID) Washington - USAID and the Office of Transition Intiatives (OTI) are currently looking for two categories of workers for short-medium term employment opportunities.

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