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TIMOR TODAY 08 MAY 2000

TIMOR TODAY 08 MAY 2000

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NEWS

1) Howard set to meet Wahid and Gusmao 08/05/00 (The Age) CANBERRA – Australian Prime Minister John Howard yesterday said he would meet the leaders of Indonesia and East Timor to discuss the emerging nation.

2) East Timor serves notice on redefining Timor Gap treaty 08/05/00 (Dow Jones Newswires) CANBERRA -- Independence leader Xanana Gusmao Friday served notice East Timor will renegotiate the terms of the Timor Gap Treaty, which covers sharing of royalties with Australia from energy production in the Timor Sea.

3) Ramos-Horta calls on Australia to renounce Timor Gap oil treaty 08/05/00 (AFP) SYDNEY - East Timorese leader Jose Ramos-Horta called on Sunday for Australia to waive its rights to millions of dollars in oil royalties under a contentious treaty drawn up with Indonesia.

4) Australia insists oilfield treaty fair deal for Timor 08/05/00 (Radio Australia) The chief minister of Australia's Northern Territory, Denis Burke, says the Timor Gap Treaty between Australia and East Timor over oil and gas deposits in the Timor Sea is a fair arrangement.

5) Skepticism clouds inquiries into shootings, atrocities 08/05/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Once powerful generals are facing inquiries into various crimes. Munir, co-founder and advisory board member of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) shares his reasons for pessimism with The Jakarta Post.

6) An excerpt of Thursday's interview follows:Timor aid to be left in storage 08/05/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) SYDNEY - Forty tonnes of clothes and food headed for East Timor will be stranded in Sydney for months, organisers said yesterday.

7) Signs of progress emerge from rubble 08/05/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) In towns and villages stockpiles of imported timber and galvanised sheeting are a common sight, as the tiny half-island territory embarks on a construction frenzy. Is it time to give the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) a pat on the back?

8) Selfish bureaucrats ruining East Timor, says ex-UN planner 08/05/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) NEW YORK - The architect of East Timor's administrative blueprint for independence has accused United Nations bureaucrats of putting the territory's future second to their own careers in a way that "borders on criminal negligence".

9) Identity the key to use of Portuguese: Gusmao 08/05/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) CANBERRA - East Timor's resistance leader, Mr Xanana Gusmao, has defended the controversial proposal for Portuguese to become the national language when the territory becomes an independent country.

PRESS RELEASES

10) East Timor development and reconstruction organization opens office in the U.S 08/05/00 Washington – Timor Aid, the prominent East Timorese aid organization, will open an affiliate office in Washington DC today. The East Timor Development & Reconstruction Organization, Inc. (ETDRO) will seek funding and develop projects for all aspects of development and reconstruction of East Timor and its people.

REPORTS

11) U.S. East Timor Repatriation and Security Act of 2000 08/05/00 (U.S.Department of State) WASHINGTON - Representatives James McGovern (Democrat of Massachusetts) and Chris Smith (Republican of New Jersey) introduced May 3 H.R. 4357, a bill that would forbid U.S. military cooperation with the Indonesian military while East Timorese continue to be hindered from returning to their homeland and until "military attacks against East Timor are ended."

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