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TIMOR TODAY 02 March 2000

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PHOTOS:

a) Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid speaks during a news conference yesterday. Wahid made a historic visit to East Timor, reiterated his apology for human rights abuses his country committed during its 24-year occupation of the half-island territory and hoped that the two countries will have a close economic relationship in the future. (AP Photo/Muchtar Zakaria)

NEWS

1) Indonesia - Timor, time for reconciliation 02/03/00 (Jakarta Post, Editorial) "You were oppressed. We also were living under tyranny. But praise God, that past period which was full of hardship and pain, will end soon. Let us start building a better future for Timor Leste and Indonesia," the Indonesian President said

2) Wiranto gives testimony before House committee 02/03/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Former chief of the Indonesian Military (TNI) Gen. Wiranto starred in a House of Representatives hearing on Wednesday, convincing legislators of his innocence in last year's East Timor violence.

3) Timorese search for truth about 'disappeared' 02/03/00 (South China Morning Post) Manuel Mira Freitas wants to know the truth about his uncle, one of the thousands of people who disappeared under Indonesian rule.

4) UN Trust Fund for Timor contains only $22 million: Annan 02/03/00 (Agence France Presse) UNITED NATIONS - Only 22 million of more than 500 million dollars pledged to the United Nations Trust Fund for East Timor has so far come in, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Tuesday.

5) World Bank rounds up cash cows 02/03/00 (The Australian) IF East Timor was extremely poor before the violence wreaked by the Indonesian-backed militia and military after last year's independence ballot, the fledgling nation is now twice as poor, according to the World Bank.

6) East Timor must avoid becoming another Cambodia 02/03/00 (TIME Asia online/Asia Buzz) East Timor is a large dose of déjà vu for anyone who was in Cambodia when the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia went in to clean up the mess there in 1992.

7) Reunion of divided East Timor families to resume this week 02/03/00 (Agence France-Presse) JAKARTA - Reunions of families divided by last year's violence in East Timor will resume on the border with West Timor this week after being halted for security reasons, a UN official said Wednesday.

8) UN, Indonesia sign border accord on East Timor 02/03/00 (UN Headquarters) DILI - Relations between East Timor and Indonesia were given new impetus Tuesday after the Indonesian delegation headed by President Abdurrahman Wahid signed a joint communique with the United Nations mission to permit passage of people and goods between East Timor and Indonesia.

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