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TIMOR TODAY 18 OCTOBER 2000

TIMOR TODAY 18 OCTOBER 2000

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NEWS

1) Twenty five years of no confidence 18/10/00 (Sam de Silva) “A country without justice might as well be under a dictatorship”, says Shirley Shackleton, whose husband Greg was one of the five journalists killed twenty five years ago in Balibo, East Timor. Mrs Shackleton isn’t talking about Indonesia. She’s talking about

Australia.

2) Indonesia backs away from Timor militia deadline 18/10/00 (Reuters) JAKARTA - Indonesia has abandoned its deadline for disarming pro-Jakarta militias in West Timor, a move likely to anger foreign governments demanding action against the thuggish Militias.

3) E. Timor probe continues past deadline 18/10/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - The Attorney General's Office has indicated that it will continue its probe into the East Timor violence despite failing to meet Tuesday's deadline for the six-month investigation, which according to law should now be halted.

4) Timor militia suspects disappear 18/10/00 (BBC) Prosecutors in Indonesia have admitted that six of the 22 suspects wanted for questioning in connection with human rights abuses in East Timor last year have gone missing.

5) Eurico asks court to release him 18/10/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Lawyers for former East Timor prointegration leader Eurico Guterres insisted on Tuesday the National Police had no authority to arresttheir client.

6) Ex-governor Abilio opts for international tribunal for E. Timor 18/10/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - The last governor of East Timor Abilio JoseOsorio Soares said on Tuesday that he preferred an internationaltribunal to try human rights violations which occurred after thereferendum in the former Indonesian territory, saying it wasfairer that the country's judicial system.

7) East Timor: At Least 100 Militiamen Still in Territory - UN 18/10/00 (Lusa) At least 100 members of anti-independence militias remain in East Timor, while another 30 have crossed the border back into Indonesia, the spokesman for the territory`s UN Peacekeeping Force (PKF) said on Tuesday.

8) East Timor: Portuguese Aid Teachers with Eye Exams, Treatment 18/10/00 (Lusa) Preparing for the relaunching of East Timor´s school system, the Portuguese aid mission will begin territory-wide eye examinations for teachers, more than half of whom are believed to suffer from deficient vision.

9) Indonesian aid talks open in Tokyo amid protest 18/10/00 (Japan Times) Indonesia's aid donors opened a two-day meeting Tuesday in Tokyo to decide on new financial assistance as demonstrators gathered outside to protest Indonesia's military.

PRESS RELEASES

10) CDPM Press Release on Consultative Group on Indonesia 18/10/00 (CDPM) LISBON - The next meeting of the Consultative Group on Indonesia (CGI), an international donors' conference organised by the World Bank, is scheduled to take place in Tokyo on 17 and 18 October 2000.

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