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TIMOR TODAY 07 SEPTEMBER 2000

TIMOR TODAY 07 SEPTEMBER 2000

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NEWS

1) Weightlifting East Timorese Makes History 18/09/00 (Reuters) SYDNEY - Weightlifter Martinho de Araujo made history Saturday by becoming the first East Timorese to compete as an independent athlete at the Olympic Games.

2) Cohen calls on Indonesia president to show he controls military 18/09/00 (AFP) SINGAPORE - US Defense Secretary William Cohen urged Indonesia’s civilian president Saturday to demonstrate his control over the military by cracking down on militias which killed three UN workers in West Timor.

3) Spy claims show Jakarta hasn’t accepted Timor reality 18/09/00 (The Age) Jakarta refuses to see that it was the brutality of its armed forces that alienated the East Timorese, and that those same armed forces created the monster the militias have become. Can the defence minister be gullible enough to accept propaganda peddled by his armed forces?

4) East Timorese reject island resettlement 18/09/00 (Indonesian Observer) JAKARTA - Several pro-Jakarta East Timorese leaders have rejected the government’s plan to resettle refugees from East Timor on a certain empty island in Indonesia.

5) Australian opposition fury at police raids over intelligence leaks 18/09/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) SYDNEY - A member of Federal Opposition foreign affairs spokesman Laurie Brereton’s staff has been raided by Australian Federal Police investigating the leaking of classified documents about militia violence in East Timor before its independence vote.

6) The ‘75 Timor Papers: Did Suharto con Canberra? 18/09/00 (The Age) The problem was, Woolcott lamented, “the longstanding reluctance” in some quarters in Canberra to accept Indonesian “determination to integrate” Portuguese Timor.

7) Ogata says no quick UN return to West Timor 18/09/00 (Reuters) ISLAMABAD - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, said on Friday she would not return any aid workers to Indonesian West Timor till she was satisfied they would be completely safe.

8) US ‘criticised’ Howard’s Timor letter 18/09/00 (The Age) BANGKOK - Singapore elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew contends in a new book that the United States was privately critical of Prime Minister John Howard for writing to Indonesia’s then president, Dr B. J. Habibie, urging an act of self- determination in East Timor.

REPORTS

9) Update on West Timor activities 18/09/00 (IOM) GENEVA - After the events of last week and the closure of our West Timor offices, IOM is currently discussing with the Government of Indonesia, UN agencies and others, the security prerequisites needed to restart repatriations to East Timor.

10) WFP: Emergency Report No. 37 of 2000 18/09/00 (World Food Program) a) WFP suspended its programme in West Timor, following the killing of three UNHCR humanitarian aid workers in Atambua. Ongoing threats of violence against staff and property, both real and perceived, have resulted in the closure of WFP offices in Atambua and Kupang and redeployment of staff to projects in other parts of Indonesia.

11) UNTAET Reg 27: Temp prohibition of land transactions by Indonesian citizens not habitually resident 18/09/00 (UNTAET) REG/2000/27, 14 August 2000

12) UNTAET Daily Briefing 15 September 2000 18/09/00 (UNTAET) A document establishing a Joint Border Committee, consisting of civilian representatives from UNTAET and the Indonesian Government, was signed yesterday night in Denpasar, Indonesia, between both parties.

PRESS RELEASES

13) CPJ Welcomes UN Investigation intomurder of Balibo jounalists 18/09/00 (CPJ) New York, September 15, 2000 - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes today’s announcement that the United Nations is investigating the October 1975 murders of five Australia-based journalists in East Timor.

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