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TIMOR TODAY 12 MAY 2000

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NEWS

1) Militiaman wounded in border skirmish 12/05/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI: At least one suspected militiaman was wounded in a heavy exchange of fire between Australian peacekeepers and a group of pro-Jakarta militia who had crossed into East Timor yesterday, a senior United Nations military official said.

2) Australian Spy Planes Secretly Watch Indonesia 12/05/00 (Australian Financial Review) Specially modified RAAF PC3 Orion aircraft are flying electronic spy missions against Indonesia in secret operations that gravely threaten Canberra's efforts to restore relations with Jakarta.

3) Spy flight claims may fan tensions 12/05/00 (The Age) CANBERRA -- Tensions between the Federal Government and Indonesia over alleged RAAF spy flights are likely to be inflamed by a new report that two Australian planes were secretly converted and used to conduct signals intelligence over Indonesia.

4) Old regime general returns to haunt Wahid 12/05/00 (Stratfor Analysis) Lt. Gen. (ret) Prabowo’s return comes amid further moves by Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid to consolidate his control. With political and social instability already undermining Indonesia’s economic recovery and growth, Prabowo’s return presents a direct challenge to Wahid’s emerging authority.

5) Australia's neighbours haul in the welcome mat 12/05/00 (Australian Financial Review) Australia is the most powerful nation in the South-East Asian region. It has the largest economy, the most powerful military and, as the intervention in East Timor showed, it is more willing than its neighbours to play an active security role in the region.

6) European Union committed to aid to East Timor 12/05/00 (AFP) BRUSSELS - The European Union is committed to delivering humanitarian and reconstruction aid to war-ravaged East Timor, Chris Patten, commission for external affairs, said Wednesday.

REPORTS

7) UNHCR Briefing Notes: May 9 2000 12/05/00 (UNHCR) GENEVA - Around 200 East Timorese have left refugee camps controlled by pro-Indonesian elements since the weekend and are now at the UNHCR transit centre in the West Timor port of Kupang waiting for a ship that will repatriate them to East Timor.

8) Timor Activity Update: 09 May 2000 12/05/00 (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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