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TIMOR TODAY 21 March 2000

TIMOR TODAY 21 March 2000

For full text see… http://www.easttimor.com/

PHOTOS:

a) A Portugese U.N. soldier stands guard outside UN office in Dili. Six suspected former militiamen were arrested by United Nations peacekeepers after they entered East Timor from Indonesia over the weekend and were charged with murder. They are believed to have murdered people during the violence that erupted after the announcement of the overwhelming vote for independence in a U.N.-sponsored plebiscite last August. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

NEWS

1) Five militia face murder charges 21/03/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) Five ex-militiamen who crossed into East Timor from Indonesia have been arrested by New Zealand United Nations peacekeepers and face murder charges related to last year's post-ballot violence.

2) Indonesian military tied to recent attacks 21/03/00 (Washington Post) DILI - U.N. peacekeepers have concluded that the Indonesian military has been involved in a recent spate of attacks by paramilitary units across the increasingly tense border separating newly independent East Timor from Indonesian-controlled western Timor.

3) UN Strengthens Security Along Timor Border 21/03/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) United Nations security along East Timor's 172-kilometre-long border with Indonesia has been drastically strengthened after a series of incursions by pro-Jakarta militia.

4) Canberra strongly denies 'dark flights' 21/03/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) Jakarta - The Australian Government yesterday strongly denied Indonesian claims that Australian aircraft have entered Indonesian airspace illegally.

5) Timor militia leader appears in court 21/03/00 (AAP) JAKARTA - The man East Timor would most like to bring to justice over alleged human rights violations appeared in a West Timor court today on a gun-dealing charge.

6) US spy gear used in Canberra 21/03/00 (The Canberra Times) The United States freighted state-of-the-art intelligence equipment directly to Canberra during the East Timor crisis, providing Australia with vital information about the Indonesian army and the militia groups that opposed independence.

7) UN: Justice must not let East Timorese down 21/03/00 (Associated Press) GENEVA - The people of East Timor "must not be let down" by efforts to prosecute those responsible for the violence in the territory last year, the United Nations' top human rights official said Monday.

8) Timor can produce hundreds of witnesses 21/03/00 (Catholic Life Magazine) Political leaders from East Timor say they can produce "hundreds of thousands of witnesses" for any tribunal or court of law investigating human rights abuses and war crimes in the territory.

9) Indon generals' lawyers to visit prosecutors 21/03/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - A team of lawyers representing Indonesian Military (TNI) generals allegedly involved in last year's violence in East Timor is to visit the Attorney General's Office on Tuesday to clarify the planned questioning of its clients.

REPORTS

10) UNTAET Daily Briefing 20 March 2000 21/03/00 (UNTAET) DILI - The collection of duties and excises introduced in East Timor by Regulation 2000/12 starts today. All importers who have unloaded goods at the Dili port and airport this morning were issued with a notice of liability for payment from the Border Control Service.

11) UNTAET Humanitarian Pillar Situation Report 18 to 20 Mar 2000 21/03/00 (UNTAET) DILI - Consolidated Appeal Review: The six-week review of the humanitarian progamme in East Timor has begun and has enlisted the participation of East Timorese NGOs and representatives, UN agencies and international NGOs, sectoral committees and representation from UNTAET and the donor community.

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