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TIMOR TODAY 16 OCTOBER 2000

TIMOR TODAY 16 OCTOBER 2000

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NEWS

1) East Timor: Jakarta Rejects Renewed Calls for International Tribunal 16/10/00 (Lusa) Senior East Timorese leader Jose Ramos Horta, charging Indonesia had broken its promises of justice, has called on the United Nations Security Council to set up an international war crimes court for atrocities committed in the territory last year.

2) East Timor: Militias Jeopardize Aid, World Bank Warns Indonesia 16/10/00 (lusa) The World Bank reaffirmed Thursday that its efforts to aid the reform and relaunching of Indonesia´s staggering economy was conditioned by Jakarta´s efforts to rein in anti-East Timor militia bands in West Timor.

3) Hope of prosecutions 25 years after Balibo killings 16/10/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) A quarter century ago, five young television newsmen from Sydney and Melbourne were shot and stabbed to death while trying to surrender to Indonesian soldiers at the village of Balibo. But now, in what still seems a scarcely believable twist of history, a half-dozen senior police from around the world, working from a room in the former Indonesian Army headquarters in Dili, are moving steadily towards prosecutions in the Balibo case.

4) Leader Calls for Timor War Tribunal 16/10/00 (AP 13/10/00) Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta said Thursday the time has come for the Security Council to establish an international war crimes tribunal for East Timor because Indonesia has lost all credibility in bringing those responsible for last year's deadly rampage to justice.

5) Indonesia Rejects E. Timor Tribunal 16/10/00 (AP 13/10/00) Indonesia rejected Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos-Horta's call for an international war crimes tribunal for East Timor, saying it wants to bring those responsible for last year's deadly rampage to justice and doesn't need outside help.

6) The world blinks, but Indonesia loses 16/10/00 (Jakarta Post) CHICAGO - Countries lose credibility when they make threatsand then cave in. This is what happened when major countries and the World Bank explicitly linked foreign aid to the continuing conflict in the Timors.

7) Refugees task force flies to Atambua 16/10/00 (Indonesian Observer) JAKARTA (14/10/00) - The Indonesian government yesterday dispatched a 47-member task force to resolve problems among 130,000 East Timorese refugees at camps in Atambua and other refugee camps in East Nusa Tenggara (West Timor).

REPORTS

8) Second group of police graduates 16/10/00 (UNTAET) DILI (13/10/00) - The second batch of 50 Timorese Police Officers graduated from Timor Lorosae Police Academy yesterday, 12 October.

9) IMPETTU: The Student Voice, October 16/10/00 (IMPETTU Press) Editorial DILI - East Timor has many talented, young and intelligent writers. These are a few comments on contemporary issues in East Timor at the moment. The students of IMPETTU ( East Timor Student Community) were instrumental in the struggle for East Timor’s Independence.

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