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TIMOR TODAY 06 March 2000

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a) Indonesian soldiers check East Timorese residents as they cross into West Timor to visit friends and family still living in refugee camps at the border town of Batugade Saturday. The family reunion visits at the border crossing remain a vital opportunity for potential returnees from West Timor to ask questions from family and friends who have since returned home. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)


1) Militiamen Fire At UN Troops On East Timor Border 06/03/00 (Associated Press) DILI - International peacekeepers in East Timor came under fire four times in 24 hours, in what a U.N. military spokesman Friday called "a deliberate and coordinated effort."

2) U.S. wants trial over East Timor mayhem 06/03/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - The United States warned on Friday that military cooperation between Washington and Jakarta would only be restored if those responsible for atrocities in East Timor last year were brought to justice.

3) Improving relations between Portugal and Indonesia will help Timor 06/03/00 (Antara) BRUSSELS - The improving diplomatic relations between Portugal and Indonesia will spur the independence process of East Timor, a Portuguese commissioner for the East Timor Transition Vitor Melicias said.

4) Timorese 'Amazed' Wahid Reportedly Suggests Future Integration 06/03/00 (Lusa) Dili - A vice president of the National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT), Jose Ramos Horta, said Friday he was "amazed" by a news report that Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid had suggested East Timor could yet opt for integration in Indonesia.

5) Malaysia offers more troops 06/03/00 (New Straits Times) KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia may be asked to send a battalion of soldiers to serve under the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (Untaet), if the mission's current strength is expanded.

6) Situation in West Timor refugee camps 'untenable': US official 06/03/00 (AFP) JAKARTA - A visiting senior US official Friday called the prevailing situation in camps holding tens of thousands of East Timorese in Indonesian West Timor since September "untenable."

7) University doctors join relief efforts in West Timor 06/03/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Diseases caused by undernourishment and a lack of sanitary conditions have swept through East Timor's refugee camps in West Timor, a media report says.

8) Coffee marketing 06/03/00 (Público) Ermera - Rui Nabeiro was prepared to buy up the remaining coffee bean stocks that the Ermera growers still had left from their 1999 crops. The businessman from Campo Maior [Portugal] might buy about 100 tons, but the deal had not yet been finalised.

9) First Rapid Response Unit officers arrive to Dili 06/03/00 (UNTAET) DILI - An advance party of 15 Portuguese police officers from the UNTAET Civilian Police Rapid Response Unit arrived in Dili yesterday. The advance team is part of 120-strong Portuguese contingent of the RRU.


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