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TIMOR TODAY 28 AUGUST 2000

TIMOR TODAY 28 AUGUST 2000

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NEWS

1) East Timor leaders to stay on 28/08/00 (AP) DILI - In a dramatic turnaround, East Timor independence leader Alexandre ``Xanana'' Gusmao and Nobel peace laureate Jose Ramos-Horta vowed Sunday to stay on at the head of the territory's main political group.

2) Jakarta sends troops to defend aid workers in West Timor 28/08/00 (AFP) JAKARTA - Indonesia's military command has sent a brigade of troops to defend aid workers helping East Timorese refugees in West Timor, the state Antara news agency announced.

3) Women refugees held as sex slaves by militia thugs 28/08/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) SUAI - When the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Ms Mary Robinson, visited this shattered south-western border town this month she was confronted with the stark legacy of last year's murderous militia violence: a "rape baby" named Mary.

4) 'We are simple people who want to go home' 28/08/00 (The Guardian) ATAMBUA - Marietta Soares did not have to speak to show that she was afraid of being caught talking to a white man. Continually glancing around, she was shaking as she described her family's plight.

5) Dili & Canberra to begin sea boundary talks in October 28/08/00 (Kyodo) DILI - UNTAET and the Australian government will commence maritime boundary negotiations in October, with East Timor seeking a median line giving it sovereignty over proven petroleum reserves, a senior East Timorese official said Saturday.

6) War crimes lawyer to study 1975 invasion 28/08/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - A senior United Nations prosecutor investigating Indonesian war crimes in East Timor will compile a report on atrocities committed after the bloody 1975 invasion in which up to 200,000 Timorese were killed.

7) Trauma healing in conflict-torn areas 28/08/00 (BusinessWorld Philippines) Thirty participants from different parts of Asia came together to share stories of trauma and healing at the Mindanao Peace Institute held last month.

REPORTS

8) First sentence carried out 28/08/00 (UNTAET) DILI - The first criminal sentence in East Timor was carried out today in the Dili District Court. A 28-year man was sentenced to 15 years in jail for the murder of a 12-year old child in March. The case has been heard in four court proceedings since 26 July.

PRESS RELEASES

9) Indonesia condemns act of violence against UN 28/08/00 (Indonesian Government) JAKARTA - The Indonesian Government condemns any act of violence and assault against humanitarian workers, including in this case the act of violence against 3 (three) UNHCR staff which occurred on Tuesday, 22 August 2000 at the Naen refugee camp, West Timor.

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