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TIMOR TODAY 17 NOVEMBER 2000

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1) East Timor: Tax Exemption for Foreign Investors - Ramos Horta 17/11/00 (Lusa) East Timor should consider wide tax-exempt status for foreign investors in a bid to attract capital, technological know-how and jobs, Jose Ramos Horta, one of the territory´s senior leaders, said Thursday.

2) It's 'difficult' for relief workers to go back to W. Timor: UN 17/11/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - A visiting UN Security Council mission said here on Thursday the security situation on the Indonesian side of the Timor border remained volatile, making it "difficult" to resume aid operations there.

3) UN unsure of safe return to Atambua 17/11/00 (The Age) Ringed with fading yellow police tape, the smashed office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is a deserted shell.

4) UN agency to resume West Timor operations 17/11/00 (The Age) The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, will resume operations in West Timor for the first time since September to repatriate 450 former Indonesian soldiers and their families to their homes in East Timor.

5) No UN agencies to return to West Timor until security improved 17/11/00 (AFP) JAKARTA - The United Nations will not send its agencies back to Indonesia's militia-plagued West Timor province until Jakarta has properly tackled security concerns there, a UN Security Council (UNSC) envoy said Thursday.

6) Indonesia says it's ready to help refugees in West Timor 17/11/00 (Radio Australia) The Indonesian government says it's ready to co-operate with United Nations workers to help repatriate thousands of refugees stranded in squalid camps in West Timor.

7) Atambua murder suspects may be tried in Jakarta 17/11/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - The North Jakarta District Court is scheduled to hold the trial of the seven suspects of the Sept. 6 murder of three UN humanitarian workers in Atambua, West Timor, an official said in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara on Thursday.

8) Clash on Rote Island After Cattle Theft 17/11/00 (Tempo) Fighting between villagers from Ba’a in Lobalain sub-district and Ti’i in Southwest Rote sub-district left the small island of Rote in Kupang Regency, East Nusatenggara, tense, according to the Kupang Regent Spokesperson, Bani Baitanu today.

9) Indonesia 'on brink of disintegration' 17/11/00 (Jakarta Post) JAKARTA - Indonesia is actually in the process of disintegration due tothe government's failure to cope with conflicts in several parts of its territory, a political observer said on Thursday.

10) Howard orchestrates bid to heal Timor rift 17/11/00 (The Age) Australian Prime Minister John Howard has used talks with Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid in a concerted bid to ease tensions over East Timor through active opposition to independence demands in West Papua.

11) The Police May Arrest Tommy’s Wife 17/11/00 (Tempo) At 2 p.m. today, the wife of Tommy Soeharto, Ardhia Pramesti Rigita Cahyani, failed to report to the National Police Headquarters Investigations Department.

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