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TIMOR TODAY 06 JULY 2000

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TIMOR TODAY 06 JULY 2000

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NEWS

1) Gusmao soon to begin weaving East Timor democracy. 06/05/00 (Reuters) WELLINGTON - East Timor 's independence leader Xanana Gusmao said on Wednesday a new state structure was emerging in his ravaged territory, while reconciliation and contrition would be the basis for peace in the former Portuguese colony.

2) Indonesia to Back Xanana for East Timorese Presidency 06/07/00 (Xinhua News Agency) JAKARTA - Indonesian Foreign Minister Alwi Shihab said here Tuesday that his country will back leader of the East Timorese pro-independence group, Xanana Gusmao, as the candidate for the president of East Timor in the general election next year.

3) 80 Rights organizations seek U.N. tribunal for Indonesia 06/07/00 (Reuters) LONDON - An international group of human rights campaigners called on U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday to set up a tribunal to try Indonesian soldiers who terrorised civilians in East Timor.

4) Filipino peacekeepers in Timor commended 06/07/00 (Philippine Star) DILI - Lt. Gen. Jaime de los Santos, commander of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), commended Filipino soldiers yesterday for their world-class performance as peacekeepers.

5) Jakarta links U.S. arms embargo to unrest 06/07/00 (The Washington Post) JAKARTA - A U.S. embargo on the sale of military equipment to Indonesia, enacted after widespread human rights abuses in East Timor last year, is hindering the ability of the country's armed forces to quell spreading sectarian violence in other parts of the Indonesian archipelago, the nation's defense minister said today.

6) Indon military plans defense against “invited” foreign forces. 06/07/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - The Ministry of Defense is designing a new defense plan to anticipate the possibility of an invitation force coming to the country in the interest of another humanitarian mission.

PRESS RELEASES

7) IFET writes Annan to support international tribunal 06/07/00 (IFET) Dear Excellency: We are writing to urge you to recommend to the Security Council that it takes immediate steps to establish an international tribunal for East Timor as recommended by the International Commission of Inquiry on East Timor.

REPORTS

8) UNHCR: Briefing 4 July 2000 06/07/00 (UNHCR) TIMOR - Aid workers today resumed relief activities at the refugee camps in West Timor's Kupang area which had been suspended for two weeks following assaults on UNHCR staff and refugees.

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