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TIMOR TODAY 26 JUNE 2000

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TIMOR TODAY 26 JUNE 2000

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NEWS

1) Donors back rebuilding, pledge more funds. 26/06/00 (Reuters) LISBON, 23/06 (Reuters) - International donors pledged a further $16 million for East Timor on Friday and backed efforts so far by the United Nations and the local Timorese leadership to rebuild the devastated Asian territory.

2) U.N. Timorese clinch deal on coalition government 26/03/00 (Kyodo News) DILI, 23/06 - U.N. administrators and East Timorese leaders have agreed to form a new coalition government by mid-July in which they will share political responsibility during the transition to independence, a senior U.N. official said Friday.

3) A pioneering treatment service for trauma victims 26/06/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - A pioneering treatment service for victims of trauma torture was opened by Xanana Gusmao in Dili last week. Paola Totaro reports on the crack team of Australian counsellors hand-picked to train locals.

4) UN arrests suspected militia after grenade attack 26/06/00 (Kyodo News) DILI, 23/06 - U.N. peacekeepers in East Timor have arrested two suspected anti-independence militiamen and confiscated rifles and grenades in the wake of a grenade attack on peacekeepers Wednesday.

5) Refugees demand guarantees before returning home 26/06/00 (Jawa Pos) Atambua 21/06 - East Timorese refugees residing in a number of refugee camps in "West" Timor, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have said they will need three guarantees if they were to decide to return to East Timor.

6) Portuguese ambassador's car stoned in West Timor 26/06/00 (Kompas) Kupang: A group of [pro-Jakarta] East Timorese refugees in West Timor/ East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have pelted the convoy of Portuguese Ambassador to Indonesia Ana Gomes with stones.

7) Exiled East Timorese youths long to go home 26/06/00 (Jakarta Post) "I, like most East Timorese, have nothing against the Indonesian people. It's Soeharto's regime that we hate," said Nelson, 26, sharing a Gudang Garam kretek clove cigarette with fellow Dili-native Americo Victor at a modest downtown Lisbon cafe.

8) Phillips Petroleum in East Timor 26/06/00 (Bloomberg) DARWIN - Days after release from a seven-year detention, East Timor's resistance leader Jose `Xanana' Gusmao met U.S. oilman Jim Godlove and began a partnership that could bankroll Gusmao's shattered country.

10) The Max Factor 26/06/00 (Irish Times) DILI - It would be hard to find a piece of camera footage which had more influence on a nation's history. Hundreds of young men and women rushing along a dusty pathway through a cemetery, shots sounding out around them.

PRESS RELEASES

11) Grant Agreements for East Timor 26/06/00 (World Bank) LISBON, June 21, 2000 - The World Bank and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today signed agreements for grants to the sectors of education and agriculture, bringing the programs under the World Bank administered Trust Fund for East Timor (TFET) to seven.

REPORTS

12) UNTAET Humanitarian Pillar Situation Report 21 - 23 Jun 2000 26/06/00 (UNTAET)

13) Strengthened Donor Support for East Timor 26/06/00 (UNTAET/World Bank) LISBON, 23/060 - Donors today pledged their continued support for East Timor, in a meeting here hosted by the Government of Portugal.

14) Staff continue to stay out of refugee camps 26/06/00 (UNHCR) UNHCR staff continue to stay away from the three major refugee camps in the Kupang area since operations were suspended on Monday following a series of violent incidents in which UNHCR staff were assaulted over the weekend.

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