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TIMOR TODAY 26 MAY 2000

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TIMOR TODAY 26 MAY 2000

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NEWS

1) Gusmao: Where is the aid going? 26/05/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - The East Timor independence leader Mr Xanana Gusmao has threatened to boycott a key international donors' meeting in Portugal because of concerns over the UN's accountability with donor funds.

2) Solidamor office attacked, activists injured 26/05/00 (TAPOL) JAKARTA - The gang, which according to an eye- witness, was accompanied by a group of Indonesian soldiers who watched the attack from a distance, entered the office at around 4 pm on Wednesday, 24 May and immediately set about destroying all the office equipment and smashing the windows.

3) UN condemns attacks on East Timorese Muslim minority 26/05/00 (AP) DILI - East Timor 's U.N. administrators on Thursday strongly condemned a series of attacks on the half island nation's small Muslim community.

4) US-Indonesia military ties 25/05/00 (Voice of America) WASHINGTON - US officials say the Pentagon is making small, cautious steps toward renewing relations with Indonesia's military. All military ties between Washington and Jakarta were severed eight months ago, following massacres in East Timor that left hundreds of people dead.

5) Indonesia's tangle of money and guns 26/05/00 (Canberra Times) The fact that the Indonesian military is involved in business activities is no secret. Business down the barrel of a gun is as old as Indonesia itself. It has been, and continues to be, extremely lucrative both for the armed forces as an institution and for some well-placed individuals.

6) 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"

PRESS RELEASES

7) 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.

8) Retratu Timor Lorosae photographic exhibition 16/05/00 (Timor Aid) DARWIN - Cripple hands hold babies, which the militia failed to crush, while wriggling boys play on the Suai Loro shoreline. These images, from Timor Lorosae, explore a new country, in a new millennium, ravaged and torn ... hungry and happy with new found freedom ... a freedom without work opportunity or indeed the shelter to protect a family from a rainy season.

REPORTS

9) 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.

10) OCHA - Floods Situation Report No. 4 26/05/00 (OCHA) Management of the initial emergency response to the floods which have engulfed some estimated 100 square kms of broad and flat delta plain along the Benanain River in southern Belu, West Timor, seems generally to be under control

11) Death toll rises in West Timor flood 26/05/00 (UN Department of Public Information) DILI – As the United Nations and other relief organizations continued to evacuate people from flood- affected areas in West Timor, more victims lost their lives in the past 24 hours.

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