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TIMOR TODAY 25 MAY 2000

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TIMOR TODAY 25 MAY 2000

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NEWS

1) Interview With Timor administrator Sérgio Vieira de Mello 25/05/00 (Diário de Notícias) UNTAET's Administrator Sérgio Vieira de Mello acknowledges that reconstruction in the territory is taking time but insists that major construction projects will be underway within months. In terms of security, he says Rio de Janeiro is a more dangerous city than Dili. "I too am disappointed"

2) Mob attacks Solidamor office in Jakarta 25/05/00 (Reuters) JAKARTA - A mob attacked the Jakarta office of an Indonesian human rights group for East Timor on Wednesday, injuring four people and stealing documents, local television reported.

3) Wahid Defends Policy of Leniency for Suharto and Military 25/05/00 (AFP) JAKARTA - Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid on Wednesday defended his policy of leniency towards the country's military generals and former leaders found guilty of gross misdeeds in the past.

4) US and Indonesia Quietly Resume Military Cooperation 25/05/00 (New York Times) WASHINGTON - The Clinton administration has quietly resumed military cooperation with Indonesia, senior defense officials said today, eight months after cutting off those ties following massacres in East Timor.

5) Maj.-Gen. Cosgrove on Peacekeeping in East Timor 25/05/00 (Dow Jones Newswires) BANGKOK - Vigorous public relations and a strong show of force were key elements in the success of the Australian-led U.N. peacekeeping mission last year in East Timor, the mission's military commander said Wednesday.

PRESS RELEASES

6) East Timor Action Network opposes any resumption of military ties with Indonesia 25/05/00 (ETAN) NEW YORK - The East Timor Action Network (ETAN) today called on the U.S. government to cancel plans to conduct a joint military exercise with the Indonesian military (TNI) this summer.

REPORTS

7) An Official Language for a New East Timor 25/05/00 (Dr. George J. Aditjondro) To understand the arguments of the CNRT leaders in reaching to the CNRT decision to adopt Portuguese as the future nation-state's official language, let us scrutinize Xanana's statements to the international media about this issue.

8) Health warning to East Timor travellers Timor encephalitis 25/05/00 (AAP) MELBOURNE - People planning extended travel in East Timor were today urged to vaccinate against the potentially deadly Japanese encephalitis.

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