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TIMOR TODAY 03 AUGUST 2000

TIMOR TODAY 03 AUGUST 2000

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NEWS

1) Peacekeepers kill two militiamen, pursue gang near Indonesian border 03/08/00 (Lusa) DILI - UN peacekeepers in East Timor killed two anti- independence militiaman in a firefight Wednesday and were pursuing others near the border with Indonesia with the aid of helicopters, a peace force spokesman said in Dili.

2) Militiaman's death a warning to infiltrators, says UN chief 03/08/00 (Lusa) DILI - The killing of a militiaman by UN peacekeepers along the border with Indonesia Wednesday would serve as a warning to armed infiltrators, East Timor's UN administrator said in Dili.

3) Gusmao questions politicians' readiness for democracy, independence 03/08/00 (Lusa) DILI - In a blistering attack against partisan power ambitions, East Timorese independence leader Xanana Gusmao Wednesday challenged the Territory's emerging political groups to match cheap criticism by "showing what you're worth.

4) "Indonesian government should get tough on Timor militia, says NZ 03/08/00 (AFP) WELLINGTON, Aug 2 - The Indonesian government should be taking legal steps against militia forces in West Timor, New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff said Wednesday.

5) Timor Gap treaty illegal 03/08/00 (EnergyAsia) The Timor Gap Treaty signed between Australia and Indonesia during the rule of former president Suharto is illegal, and is not recognised by either the United Nations or the East Timorese people.

REPORTS

6) Militia killed by peacekeepers 03/08/00 (UNTAET) DILI - For the first time, two militiamen were killed today by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Maliana district, some 10 kilometers from the border of West Timor, Indonesia.

7) Bush or Gore - Does it Matter to East Timor? 03/08/00 (ETAN) NEW YORK - East Timor is half of the island of Timor, 400 miles northwest of Australia. On December 7, 1975, as East Timor was emerging from Portuguese colonial rule, Indonesia invaded with U.S. approval.

PRESS RELEASES

8) Repairing Timor’s ruined water systems 03/08/00 (Asian Development Bank) MANILA - The Asian Development Bank has approved a project to repair East Timor's badly-damaged water supply infrastructure and to re- establish institutions and systems to operate the sector.

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