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TIMOR TODAY 22-23 MAY 2000

TIMOR TODAY 22-23 MAY 2000

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NEWS

1) Flood relief efforts gather momentum in West Timor 23/05/00 (UN Newswire) DILI - As the death toll from the floods in West Timor reached 98 over the weekend, the United Nations humanitarian efforts continued unabated, with the delivery of over 50 tonnes of supplies to the hardest hit communities, the UN mission in East Timor reported today.

2) More die in flooding, refugees return to East Timor 23/05/00 (AP) DILI, East Timor - Hundreds of East Timorese refugees who had been living in exile in Indonesian-held West Timor for the past 8 months are now appealing to be returned to their homeland, a United Nations spokesman said Monday.

3) Jakarta official tells of plans to prosecute former dictator 23/05/00 (Christian Science Monitor) JAKARTA - On Friday, Attorney General Marzuki Darusman said the country's former dictator, Suharto, would be brought to trial on corruption charges within two months.

4) Barrister to rule on who owns Timor's land 23/05/00 (The Australian) MELBOURNE barrister and former Northern Territory chief magistrate Ian Gray has been given one of the most crucial jobs in East Timor - the design and implementation of a system to resolve disputes and claims over land.

5) About-face on Dili airport shutdown 23/05/00 (Sunday Age) Less than a day after the Civil Aviation Safety Authority closed Dili airport in East Timor last month because of safety concerns, the decision was reversed to allow airlines to continue flying the lucrative Darwin to Dili route.

6) Barrister to rule on who owns Timor's land 23/05/00 (The Australian) MELBOURNE - barrister and former Northern Territory chief magistrate Ian Gray has been given one of the most crucial jobs in East Timor - the design and implementation of a system to resolve disputes and claims over land.

PRESS RELEASES

7) U.S. and U.N. Must support an international tribunal on East Timor 23/05/00 (ETAN) NEW YORK - The reports issued this week by the U.N.'s International Commission of Inquiry on East Timor and the Indonesian National Commission of Inquiry on East Timor both confirm what has been long known Indonesian military officials at the highest levels -- working with militia leaders and civilian officials -- were responsible for the violence surrounding the U.N.'s plebiscite in East Timor.

REPORTS

8) World Bank administered trust fund for East Timor briefing 23/05/00 (TFET) The World Bank-Administered Trust Fund for East Timor (TFET) was established following the December 17, 1999 Tokyo Donors' Meeting. It is managed in close cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

9) Aid effort continues in West Timor 23/05/00 (UNTAET) DILI - The death toll from the floods in West Timor has risen to 98 confirmed deaths. In addition, eleven people are reported missing. The number of unconfirmed deaths stands 125.

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TIMOR TODAY 22 MAY 2000 http://www.easttimor.com/

NEWS

1) Toll in Timor flooding rises to 160 22/05/00 (Kyodo) JAKARTA - Massive floods that followed three days of rain in Timor since Tuesday have killed at least 160 people, many of them children, and hundreds of others were still missing as of Friday afternoon, a local government official said.

2) Ongoing refugee intimidation 22/05/00 (Catholic News Service) WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Priests assisting people in western Timor's refugee camps say the ``vast majority'' want to return to East Timor, but intimidation by pro-Indonesia militias is keeping them there, said a U.S. human rights activist.

3) Rocky road ahead for divided Fretilin 22/05/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - Making the transformation from a revolutionary front to an orthodox political party is a lot harder than it seems for East Timor's biggest pro-independence group, Fretilin.

4) Australian Federal police union calls for probe into Timor illnesses 23/05/00 (AAP) CANBERRA, May 18 AAP - The union representing federal police has called for a full and independent inquiry into reports of chronic illnesses among officers who have served in East Timor.

5) Novice nation urged to embrace taxation 22/05/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - Impoverished East Timor is considering the introduction of a broad-based taxation system at the urging of the United Nations, which wants to ensure the world's newest country achieves a measure of economic self-sufficiency before it leaves.

6) Timor woman dies of encephalitis 22/05/00 (AP Online) DILI - An East Timorese woman has died after being bitten by a mosquito carrying a virulent strain of encephalitis - the first time the virus has been detected in the region, U.N. officials said Friday.

REPORTS

7) Flood Report 19 May 2000 22/05/00 (UNTAET) DILI - Floods: Flash floods, caused by continuous heavy rain over the last 4 days, have submerged the southern part of Belu District in West Timor, Indonesia, resulting in 48 confirmed deaths, mostly women and children.

8) Floods in Timor report from 19 May 22/05/00 (UNHCR/OCHA) TIMOR - A multi-agency effort is in full swing today along the West Timor border region of Belu to bring relief to some 50,000 people affected by flooding.

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