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TIMOR TODAY 29 AUGUST 2000

TIMOR TODAY 29 AUGUST 2000

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NEWS

1) Strikes into Indonesia possible, says Gusmao 29/08/00 (AFP) WASHINGTON - East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao has raised the possibility of cross-border strikes into Indonesia to defend his fledgling country against pro-Indonesian militias infiltrating from Indonesian West Timor.

2) Gusmao, Horta cool political brawl with quit offer 29/08/00 (South China Morning Post) JAKARTA - Independence leader Xanana Gusmao was Sunday persuaded to continue as president of the National Council for Timorese Resistance (CNRT), which is designing a political blueprint for East Timor.

3) Hello Mister, meet Timor's fast-money men 29/08/00 (Australian Financial Review) DILI - "When the UN pulls out, the whole system's going to crash," says Mr Kirk MacManus, the manager of Hello Mister, Dili's only Western-style supermarket, which is housed in a building that until recently was a burnt-out shell.

4) Timorese leaders plan nation building 29/08/00 (Irish Times) DILI - A year after the referendum in which East Timor voted for independence, the first national congress of the CNRT, the East Timor resistance movement, is being held in the capital, Dili, to plan nation-building.

5) UN troops presence may be needed after independence 29/08/00 (Dow Jones Newswires) DILI - A U.N. force might have to remain in East Timor after it becomes an independent nation in order to fend off militia incursions from Indonesian West Timor, the half-island territory's administrator said Monday.

6) INTERFET: Terms of engagement 29/08/00 (The Age) MELBOURNE - A small group of Australian politicians and military chiefs still shudder when they recollect receiving a top-secret report from the Australian Defence Intelligence Organisation

7) Tired war horse battles for relevance in new landscape 29/08/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - Behind the on-off resignations of resistance heroes Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos Horta from leadership of East Timor's main pro-independence coalition lies a debate over the grouping's future.

PRESS RELEASES

8) The global challenge of establishing accountability for crimes against humanity 29/08/00 (US Government) In Indonesia, there are also elements of domestic and international justice at work. Late last year, the UN Human Rights Commission convened a special session on the situation in East Timor.

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