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TIMOR TODAY 16 NOVEMBER 2000

TIMOR TODAY 16 NOVEMBER 2000

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NEWS

1) Indonesia denies its soldiers took money from refugees 16/11/00 (ANI) Jakarta - Indonesian soldiers are not taking any money from East Timorese refugees who are trying to go back home from camps in Indonesian-controlled West Timor, Defence Minister Mahfud MD told reporters today.

2) UN tells pro-Indonesian East Timor refugees it's safe to go home 16/11/00 (AFP) ATAMBUA - UN Security Council envoys told pro-autonomny East Timorese refugees near the West Timor border town of Atambua Wednesday that it was safe for them to return to East Timor.

3) Sorely missed: the aid that murder drove away 16/11/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) Ringed with fading yellow police tape, the smashed office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an eerie deserted shell - a house of death.

4) UN unsure of safe return to Atambua 16/11/00 (The Age) Ringed with fading yellow police tape, the smashed office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is a deserted shell.

5) UN mission calls on RI to clamp down on militias 16/11/00 (Jakarta Post) ATAMBUA - A visiting UN Security Council mission has demanded that the Indonesian government crack down on prointegration militias sheltering in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) despite claims that significant steps have already been taken.

6) Return Home, UN Mission Tells Refugees 16/11/00 (Lusa) An UN Security Council mission visited a refugee camp in Indonesian West Timor Wednesday, telling the refugee representatives East Timor was ready to welcome them home.

7) Aceh calls for 'Timor-style' vote 16/11/00 (BBC) Tens of thousands of people have taken part in an independence rally in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

8) East Timor avoided in Australia-Indonesia talks 16/11/00 (Jakarta Post) BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - President Abdurrahman Wahid and Australian Prime Minister John Howard (photo above) chat before the start of their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) forum here.

9) Subcontracting the World's Peacekeeping 16/11/00 (Washington Post) UNITED NATIONS - As recently as the early 1990s, American and European soldiers formed the backbone of U.N. forces trying to keep the peace in Cambodia, Somalia and the Balkans. But today, U.N. peacekeeping largely is subcontracted to Third World soldiers who endure the physical risk while rich countries bear the financial cost.

REPORTS

10) Daily Briefing, 15 November 2000 16/11/00 (UNTAET) The United Nations Security Council mission visited the Haliwen refugee camp in Atambua today.

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