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TIMOR TODAY 17 APRIL 2000

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NEWS

1) UN police control crowd upset over bank exchange rate 17/04/00 (Lusa) DILI - Portuguese national guardsmen serving with the UN police force in East Timor were called Friday to the BNU bank in Dili, to control a crowd dissatisfied with a revised exchange rate for Portuguese escudos and Indonesian rupiahs.

2) U.S. to resume military assistance to Indonesia: Juwono 17/04/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Minister of Defense Juwono Sudarsono has expressed his optimism that the United States will resume its military assistance to Indonesia.

3) Qantas To Fly Between Australia, East Timor 17/04/00 (Associated Press) CANBERRA - Qantas Airways Ltd. will offer regular flights between Australia and East Timor from next month, Australia's largest carrier said Friday.

4) Timor's social gap 17/04/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - Bishop Carlos Belo would be shocked if he knew. It is well after midnight and the streets of Dili are deserted, except for a few stray dogs. But the discotheque on the multi-storey cruise ship moored at shore is packed, sweaty and jumping to loud music.

5) Forgotten by time, perhaps the luckiest Timorese of all 17/04/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) Duanalok, East Timor - Stunned residents, dressed in rags, stumbled out of their thatch huts to curiously face their white-skinned visitors: the first Europeans to stumble upon the hidden village in the remote mountain reaches of East Timor.

6) Aussie WWll vets pay tribute to their brave Timor 'companions' 17/04/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - Their ranks have thinned, they are nearly all in their 80s with snowy white hair, and they cried tears of joy to be back in East Timor for what will probably be their last visit.

7) East Timor dig to shed light on human settlement of Australia 17/04/00 (The Age) CANBERRA - Back in 1960, archaeology students from Canberra discovered a couple of stone tools on a site in the north of the island, vital clues in tracing the migration of the first humans to move from Asia to Australia some 50,000 years ago.

8) When tolerance wears thin, 'Negotiator' is called in. 17/04/00 (IPS) DARWIN - In East Timor, Avelino da Silva is nicknamed the 'Negotiator' -- a reference to one of the main characters in a Frederick Forsyth novel.

OPINION

9) Will Justice Be Served In East Timor? 17/04/00 (The Asian Wall Street Journal) HONG KONG - The location was inaccessible by vehicle and the timing risky because of the monsoon rain. But investigators in East Timor went ahead in late January anyway, using helicopters to ferry men and equipment to the site in Oecussi, the enclave in West Timor.

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