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TIMOR TODAY 27 APRIL 2000

TIMOR TODAY 27 APRIL 2000

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NEWS

1) UN sees East Timor elections end of 2001 27/04/00 (Reuters) KUALA LUMPUR - East Timor will hold general elections to select the ravaged territory's first government in the second half of 2001, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday.

2) UN steps in to help defuse anger over high unemployment 27/04/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - The East Timorese leader, Mr Xanana Gusmao, and a senior United Nations official will hold a public meeting in Dili today to discuss the the country's number one social problem unemployment.

3) Social unrest could force UN troop cuts in East Timor 27/04/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - The United Nations mission in East Timor is considering reducing its 8,000-strong peacekeeping force because of concerns over costs and possible social problems created by its military presence.

4) Portuguese PM concerned over future of East Timor 27/04/00 (AFP) JAKARTA - Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has expressed "deep concern" over the future of East Timor at the end of a visit to the troubled former Portuguese colony.

5) Rebuilding Timor's education system 27/04/00 (The Age) DILI - When pro-Jakarta militias went on their rampage of arson, murder and looting last September they filled the classrooms of Dili's secondary schools with drums of fuel to ensure maximum damage before torching the buildings.

6) Shirley Shackleton has finally come face to face with an eyewitness to her husband's murder 27/04/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) The six journalists were sacrificed, along with hundreds of thousands of Timorese, to Australia's good relationship, which existed only in the minds of government bureaucrats. Timor 's tragedy started with the burning of my husband and his colleagues and ended with the whole of Timor ablaze.

7) Timor spy scandal mars Wahid's planned Australia visit 27/04/00 (IPS) DARWIN - A spying incident involving an Australian soldier serving with the United Nations in East Timor has scuttled Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid's planned visit to Australia next month.

8) Falintil guerillas join troops' Dili service 27/04/00 (Sydney Morning Post) DILI - As the bugler played the haunting notes of the Last Post, cockerels crowed, waves broke on the nearby beach and the pink light of dawn glimmered through a spectacular backdrop of storm clouds at the Anzac Day dawn service in Dili.

9) Portugal promises Euros 50,000 monthly to Falintil forces 27/04/00 (Lusa) Oe Cusse - Village elders in the East Timorese enclave of Oe Cusse honored Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres Monday by naming him a clan chief, 24 hours after he announced Lisbon would grant a monthly subsidy to aid the territory’s Falintil freedom fighters.

10) A tower of babel for East Timorese as they seek a language 27/04/00 (New York Times) DILI, East Timor - There is not much question about the language of commerce here as East Timor begins to define itself as a nation. The muddy central market is alive with the cries of moneychangers: "Dollar America! Dollar America! America, America, America, America!"

11) Wahid says Wiranto will not return to cabinet 27/04/00 (Reuters) JAKARTA - Indonesia's President Abdurrahman Wahid said on Monday said that defiant General Wiranto, under investigation over his alleged role in last year's East Timor violence, would not return to his cabinet.

12) Munir doubts trials can start in May 27/04/00 (Kompas) JAKARTA - Enactment of the Human Rights Court Law is taking far too long and is out of sync with the government's intentions to create a human rights court. The delay will also disrupt investigations of human rights violations in East Timor.

REPORTS

13) Timor Activity Update: 25 Apr 2000 27/04/00 (IOM) DILI - There is a continuing need to return displaced people in West Timor to their communities of origin in East Timor in order for rehabilitation, reconstruction and development to begin. The safe and orderly return transportation of displaced people is the responsibility of IOM in close co-operation with UNHCR.

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