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TIMOR TODAY 31 JULY 2000

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TIMOR TODAY 31 JULY 2000

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NEWS

1) Militiamen suspected in border shooting on Saturday 31/07/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - United Nations peacekeepers based along the tense East Timor border are investigating a second shooting in six days as new claims arise that pro-Jakarta militia were responsible, a senior UN official said.

2) New Zealand foreign minister appalled by bounty report 31/07/00 (AP) BANGKOK - New Zealand's foreign minister said Friday that he was appalled by a report that armed gangs operating from Indonesia are offeriang a bounty for the lives of Australian and New Zealand peacekeepers in East Timor.

3) Australia beefing up, extending peacekeeping contingent 31/07/00 (Lusa) DILI - Prime Minister John Howard announced Friday that Australia's 1,500-strong peacekeeping contingent in East Timor would extend its presence in the territory for an additional two years.

4) Timor militia bordering on comeback 31/07/00 (The Australian) JAKARTA - The Harco Hotel in central Jakarta is a dreary resting place for people travelling on the cheap. For 100,000 rupiah ($20) a night, visitors are led down a narrow concrete passageway to a small cell. It's not a place to linger.

5) Indonesia warms to idea of shifting Timor refugee camps 31/07/00 (AFP) JAKARTA - Indonesia's foreign minister said Saturday that refugee camps sheltering East Timorese militia should be moved out of West Timor to prevent a repeat of the shooting of a UN peacekeeper last week.

6) East Timor rival factions meet in Bali 31/07/00 (Jakarta Post) DENPASAR - East Timor pro-independence and ex-militia fighters commenced here on Wednesday a two-day meeting to accelerate the return of tens of thousands of East Timorese refugees remaining in East Nusa Tenggara to the former Indonesian province.

7) Review of George Aditjondro's book on East Timor 31/07/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - George Junus Aditjondro is one of the few Indonesian intellectuals who was concerned about the military occupation by Indonesia in Timor Lorosa'e (East Timor).

8) East Timorese youths rejected foreign military bases 31/07/00 (TEMPO Interaktif) LISBON - East Timorese youth rejected the foreign military base. It is one point of declaration of East Timorese Youth Congress that was held from July 10 to 15 in Dili, the capital of East Timor.

PRESS RELEASES

9) Military helicopters deployed to East Timor 31/07/00 (Australian Government) The Minister for Defence John Moore, today announced that the Government will add to Australia's contribution to the UNTAET peacekeeping force in East Timor, with the short-term deployment of an additional four Blackhawk helicopters and approximately 100 personnel.

10) Australian Unions send rice and soccer balls 31/07/00 (MUA/CFMEU) A joint effort involving the Maritime Union of Australia, the Rice Growers' Co-op, the Navy, Toll Logistics, a community aid group and a local MP, has resulted in a 40 tonne shipment of rice being loaded for East Timor, today.

11) Security Council meets on E Timor 31/07/00 (United Nations) NEW YORK - Political developments in East Timor, the killing of a United Nations peacekeeper and the continuing plight of refugees

REPORTS

12) UNTAET Daily Briefing 28 July 2000 31/07/00 (UNTAET) Seven members of the investigation team from the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office left Dili today. Four members will remain in Dili until early August to conduct additional investigations.

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