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TIMOR TODAY 31 OCTOBER 2000

TIMOR TODAY 31 OCTOBER 2000

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NEWS

1) Killers of UN aid workers may be tried in Jakarta for security 31/10/00 (Lusa) Indonesian police will ask that the trial of six militiamen accused of the recent killing of three UN refugee aid workers take place in Jakarta rather than in West Timor for security reasons, the Indonesian news agency Antara reported Monday.

2) Responsibility for destruction should not be individualized - Xanana 31/10/00 (Lusa) Gusmao was queried about whether he believed Eurico Guterres, leader of the notorious anti-independence Aitarak militia, should be brought to trial. "Eurico is a piece in this game. Some Indonesian generals should also take more of the blame than Eurico", he replied.

3) Repatriation at a trickle despite improving cross-border security 31/10/00 (Lusa) Despite improving security conditions in both East and Indonesian West Timor, the repatriation of East Timorese refugees remains at a trickle, says the latest report by the UN humanitarian coordination agency.

4) Un Delegation to Visit E Timor, Indonesia on Nov 9-18 31/10/00 (Asia Pulse) NEW YORK - A delegation will be sent by the United Nations Security Council [UNSC] to visit East Timor and Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province on Nov 9-18, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said. The delegation will observe the progress of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor [UNTAET] in preparing East Timor for independence, Eckhard said.

5) Peacekeepers return from E Timor after bus crash 31/10/00 (ABC) Australian Army peacekeepers injured in a bus crash in East Timor will arrive in Darwin tonight with their regiment. The 200 members of the 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment will dock in Darwin aboard HMAS Jervis Bay.

REPORTS

6) The paradox of wealth: East Timor’s coming struggle with the resource curse 31/10/00 (Lee Seymour, North-South Institute) Last week in Dili, delegates from the Australian government and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) opened negotiations on the division of royalties from oil and gas revenues from the Timor Sea Zone of Cooperation.

PRESS RELEASES

7) Indonesia seizes weapon linked to Timor UN death 31/10/00 (New Zealand Defence Force) Weapon recovered in East Timor may belong to New Zealand battalion.

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