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TIMOR TODAY 10 March 2000

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PHOTOS:

a) The scene at the Indonesian border last October. International peacekeepers are now engaged in new clashes as TNI backed mliitia increase the frequency of their raids into East Timor. (AP Photo, Corporal Darren Hilder, Pool)

NEWS

1) Militia strikes provoke Canberra ire 11/03/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) Australia and the United Nations are to lodge protests in Jakarta today over a spate of attacks in East Timor blamed on anti-independence militia operating from Indonesian West Timor.

2) Militia elusive but UN says their time nearly up 10/03/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) A group of 15 militia narrowly escaped capture in the rugged central highlands of East Timor after bad weather prevented a New Zealand-led force from completing its security sweep of the area, a senior United Nations military official said last night.

3) Renew arms embargo, Ramos Horta tells EU 10/03/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) Dili: The East Timorese Nobel laureate Mr Jose Ramos Horta urged the European Union yesterday to reinstate its arms embargo against Indonesia.

4) Irish Taoiseach goes to Dili 10/03/00 (The Irish Times) DARWIN - The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) will announce on his arrival in East Timor that the Government has decided to open an official mission in Dili.

5) Indon to cut aid to E Timor refugees on March 31 10/03/00 (AFP) JAKARTA - The Indonesian government will cut off all assistance to East Timorese refugees still holed-up in camps in West Timor on March 31, a UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) official said Thursday.

REPORTS

6) UNTAET Daily Briefing 9 March 2000 10/03/00 (UNTAET) The director of the UNTAET Political Affairs Division, Peter Galbraith, expressed today the great concern of the United Nations about the recent border incidents during a meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Alwi Shihab in Jakarta.

7) UNTAET Humanitarian Pillar Situation Report 07 to 08 Mar 2000 10/03/00 (UNTAET) Security: Concern continues in Sector West following a limited number of incidents along the western border since the end of February and one confirmed incident in Ermera on March 5.

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