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TIMOR TODAY 17 AUGUST 2000

TIMOR TODAY 17 AUGUST 2000

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NEWS

1) Security stepped up, militia sighted in Dili 17/08/00 (AP) DILI - U.N. troops boosted security in the East Timor's capital on the eve of Indonesia's national day after pro-Jakarta militiamen infiltrated into the town, peacekeeping spokesman Col. Brynjar Nymo said Wednesday.

2) Indonesia says NTT Admin to register refugees 17/08/00 (ANTARA) Kupang - After its failure in the registration of East Timoreses refugees living in camps in West Timor, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has asked the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provincial administration to do it a favour to conduct the registration.

3) Militia attacks increase 17/08/00 (Green Left Weekly) DILI - Pro-Jakarta militia operating out of refugee camps and other bases in West Timor show no sign of scaling down their attacks upon refugees or United Nations soldiers and humanitarian staff.

4) Criticizing Gusmao is political suicide, Ramos-Horta warns Fretilin 17/08/00 (Lusa) DILI - Senior East Timorese leader Jose Ramos Horta warned the historic pro-independence Fretilin party Wednesday against opposing independence leader Xanana Gusmao, saying such a stance would represent political suicide.

5) New broad-based party gathering influential support 17/08/00 (Lusa) DILI - A group of prominent East Timorese leaders, spanning the Territory's historical political spectrum, are organizing a new center-right political party with the apparent blessing of independence leader Xanana Gusmao, a key organizer said Wednesday.

6) Story on U.S. policemen shot last year 17/08/00 (Peoria (IL) Journal Star) ILLINOIS - Earl Candler crouched in the passenger seat and pressed hard against the spot on his bloodied left side where the pain gathered, blossomed and burned. With the Land Rover shot full of holes and bouncing wildly on its rims - and the bullets still flying - his mind flipped frantically between two distinct thoughts.

REPORTS

7) UNTAET Daily Briefing 16 August 2000: Time Change 17/08/00 (UNTAET) DILI - The Cabinet of the East Timor Administration agreed today to shift the country's clocks ahead by one hour.

8) IOM/UNHCR: Aug 15 Briefings 17/08/00 (UNHCR) GENEVA - Following threats of protests and attacks last week, UNHCR has reduced its staff presence along the West Timor border. Only two remain in the UNHCR Atambua office of the 12 international staff members usually posted there.

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