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TIMOR TODAY 28 March 2000

TIMOR TODAY 28 March 2000

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NEWS

1) The suffering of East Timorese exiles not over 28/03/00 (International Herald Tribune) DILI - Half a year after being driven into exile after East Timor overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia, more than 140,000 East Timorese have returned home from Indonesian West Timor.

2) Timor Aid Crisis Looms for Refugees 28/03/00 (The Age) CANBERRA - West Timor could experience a humanitarian crisis if, as expected, the Indonesian Government cuts emergency aid to East Timorese refugees who have been living in makeshift camps since militias forced them across the border last year.

3) Right trials could mean curtains for TNI's top brass 28/03/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Human rights abuses by the Indonesian Military (TNI) were so common during the New Order regime that the country would stand to lose most of its top officers if all the offenders were punished, a human rights activist said on Saturday.

4) Interview with Marzuki Darusman, Indonesia's enforcer 28/03/00 (Far Eastern Economic Review) JAKARTA - Marzuki Darusman is ready for the fray. His battle-dress is a sombre suit, his battle-cry reform, and his ammunition his job as Indonesia's attorney-general, its chief law enforcer.

5) Militia leader Moko Soares is back in court 28/03/00 (AAP) JAKARTA, March 27 AAP - Pro-Jakarta militia supporters crowded a West Timor courtroom today as the gun-dealing case continued against one of the men most wanted for questioning over crimes against the people of East Timor.

6) Militia leader Eurico wanted for shooting incident 28/03/00 (AAP) JAKARTA - East Timor militia leader Eurico Guterres is wanted for questioning by Indonesian police after he fired a gun into a car on a street in Kupang, the capital of West Timor.

REPORTS

7) UNTAET Humanitarian Pillar Situation Report 25-27 Mar 2000 28/03/00 (UNTAET) DILI - Returns: The total number of organised and spontaneous returns into East Timor from West Timor, other parts of Indonesia, Macau and Australia now stands at over 155, 800 persons.

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