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TIMOR TODAY 17 JULY 2000


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TIMOR TODAY 17 JULY 2000
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NEWS

1) Xanana Gusmao hails East Timor's first transitional government 17/07/00 (AFP) LISBON - East Timor's first transitional government, comprising resistance leaders and United Nations officials, was hailed on Thursday as a crucial step forward by pro-independence leader Xanana Gusmao, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

2) Aitarak militia boss among 'integrationists' planning to visit 17/07/00 (Lusa) DILI - The chief of East Timor's notorious Aitarak militia is one of eight anti-independence leaders preparing to visit the territory in discussions with UN administration officials, an UNTAET spokesman confirmed Friday in Dili.

3) Indonesia says East Timor spies caught in West Timor 17/07/00 (Agence France Presse) JAKARTA - The Indonesian army has caught three men who said they were spying for the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNATET) in the border area of Indonesian-controlled West Timor, the state Antara news agency said Friday.

4) Feared Timor militia leader warns of "white skins" contamination 17/07/00 (Duta Masyarakat Baru) ATAMBUA - Militia leader Tavares said that he sent an official letter to anti-integration figures like Xanana Gusmao and Ramos Horta inviting them to hold pre-reconciliation talks at the border.

5) Japan grants $27.5 mil. to E. Timor to fix infrastructure 17/07/00 (Kyodo) JAKARTA - Japan gave $27.5 million in development funds to East Timor on Friday to cover infrastructure repairs and improvements in the devastated territory, the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta said.

6) Spotlight on Timorese asylum seekers in Australia 17/07/00 (The Age) The outcome of one asylum seeker's test case, beginning today before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, will have profound implications for the others scattered around the country.

7) Indonesia rights groups oppose military ties with US 17/07/00 (Dow Jones Newswires) UNITED NATIONS - Six Indonesian non-government organizations are opposing resumed military ties with the United States, saying it would send signals that Washington supported Indonesia's alleged human rights abuses in East Timor.

8) Governor promises shelter, jobs for integrationists 17/07/00 (JAKARTA POST) JAKARTA - Governor Sutiyoso vowed on Wednesday to provide temporary shelter and employment for some 40 East Timorese integrationists who have been taking refuge at the House of Representatives compound since last month.

REPORTS

9) UNHCR Deplores continuing violence in West Timor camps 17/07/00 (UNHCR) DILI - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees today denounced the continuing violence in the East Timorese refugee camps and said the Indonesian government’s failure to live up to its commitments may force UNHCR to review its operations in West Timor.

10) About Japanese donation, UN rep meets Aitarak leader 17/07/00 (UNTAET) DILI - Six project funding agreements worth US$27.5 million were signed today between the Government of Japan, UNTAET and the United Nations Development Programme.

11) IOM staff face continued militia/TNI violence 17/07/00 (IOM) WEST TIMOR - Registration of East Timorese refugees in the main refugee camps around Kupang and in the border districts of West Timor has been cancelled.

12) ETAN press briefing on West Timor refugees problems 17/07/00 (United Nations) NEW YORK - The East Timorese refugee camps in West Timor presented a political crisis needing immediate resolution by concerted action of the United Nations, the United States and the Indonesian Government, correspondents were told yesterday afternoon at a Headquarters press conference.

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