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TIMOR TODAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2000

TIMOR TODAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2000

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NEWS

1) Australia -Timor: The politics of betrayal 13/09/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) SYDNEY - The record of Whitlam's second meeting with Soeharto in Townsville in April that year shows Whitlam barely giving self-determination a mention and bagging his domestic critics on the Timor issue. Crucially, he told Soeharto that Australia's Timor policy would be guided by the principle that relations with Indonesia were paramount.

2) Secret papers confirm East Timor cover-up 13/09/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) CANBERRA - Australian diplomatic cables released yesterday covering Indonesia's takeover of East Timor in 1974-76 show officials caught in a web of deceit and moral compromise that led to a foreign policy disaster.

3) Former Australian Prime Minister rejected warnings 13/09/00 (The Age) CANBERRA - The Whitlam government ignored warnings by its own officials of an Indonesian strategy to make Australia complicit in the invasion of East Timor in 1975, classified documents have revealed.

4) Indonesia: Planned UN mission 'inappropriate' 13/09/00 (The Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - The government on Tuesday said the UN Security Council's decision to dispatch a mission to Indonesia next week following the killing of three UN relief workers in Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara, was at this time "inappropriate".

5) World Bank chief Wolfensohn warns Indonesia on Militias 13/09/00 (Washington Post) WASHINGTON - World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn sent a letter last week to Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid warning that continued financial support for the southeast Asian archipelago may be linked to the success of its efforts to quell militia groups in western Timor.

6) Impunity for Indonesian Military 13/09/00 (Christian Science Monitor) JAKARTA - The notion that Indonesia's civilian leaders do not really control their armed forces has swiftly evolved from frightening suspicion into undisputed fact.

7) Militia leader likely to snub probe summons 13/09/00 (AFP) JAKARTA - Former East Timorese militia leader Eurico Guterres is unlikely to answer a summons to appear here Thursday for questioning over last year's violence in East Timor, his lawyer said Tuesday.

REPORTS

8) SRSG Meets surrendered Militia 13/09/00 (UNTAET) DILI - Yesterday, SRSG Sergio Vieira de Mello met two militiamen who had surrendered in the district of Ermera the previous day. SRSG, on a one-day visit to the district, met the militiamen in Gleno at the Kenyan Peacekeeping Force compound.

9) Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin Week 13/09/00 ((WHO) Infectious Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Preparedness (IDSEP) Unit World Health Organization, Dili, East Timor, in collaboration with the Division of Health Services of the Department of Social Affairs, ETTA

PRESS RELEASES

10) NZ urged to withdraw Indonesian military’s invite 13/09/00 (Indonesia Human Rights Committee) The Indonesia Human Rights Committee has asked Minister of Defence to cancel Indonesia's invitation to the Western Naval Symposium to be held in Auckland .

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