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TIMOR TODAY 08 JUNE 2000

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TIMOR TODAY 08 JUNE 2000

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NEWS

1) We need our own forces: Ramos Horta 08/06/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - A senior independence leader in East Timor has given assurances about the political future of the world's newest nation in the wake of turmoil in Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

2) Timor still suffers 08/06/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - Sister Fabiol Gusmao, who runs Carmelite health clinics and an orphanage in Dili and dispenses food and medical aid to starving people, recently sent a despairing call for food to the Mary MacKillop Sisters in Sydney.

3) UN paves way for east timor militia tribunal 08/06/00 (DPA) Dili - Trials of Jakarta-backed militiamen implicated in last year's post-ballot violence in East Timor moved a step closer on Wednesday with the approval of legislation allowing the establishment of a war crimes-style tribunal, a senior U.N. official said.

4) Indonesia to relocate militias away from East Timor border 08/06/00 (Kyodo News) JAKARTA - Indonesia will relocate pro-Jakarta East Timorese militias away from the border between West and East Timor, Foreign Minister Alwi Shihab said Wednesday.

5) Indonesian general denies military wrongdoing 08/06/00 (Christian Science Monitor) JAKARTA - As Indonesian prosecutors stepped up their investigation of soldiers for involvement in the atrocities that followed East Timor's independence vote last September, a senior general signaled the military is digging in.

PRESS RELEASES

6) TAPOL: Human Rights courts bill welcome, but flawed 08/06/00 (TAPOL) TAPOL welcomes this move to bring human rights violators to justice, but fears that the bill will face opposition in Parliament from the armed forces members and their allies intent on protecting military personnel from possible indictment.

7) East Timor Evidence Collection Training Program 08/06/00 (Caritas Australia) The second module of a training course on evidence collection techniques will commence this week in Dili, East Timor.

REPORTS

8) UNTAET Humanitarian Pillar Situation Report 03 - 06 Jun 2000 08/06/00 (UNTAET) Humanitarian, infrastructure and social programs update.

9) Grant for Health Sector 08/06/00 (UNTAET) DILI - This grant, a first phase in rehabilitating the health sector in East Timor, will be used to develop health services in the territory and to restore access to these services to the entire population as soon as possible.

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