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TIMOR TODAY 29 JANUARY 2001

TIMOR TODAY 29 JANUARY 2001
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NEWS

1) East Timor will need continued aid after independence, Security Council told 29/01/01 (UN) The United Nations must remain engaged in East Timor beyond the territory's full independence, to empower the new State to play an active role in the political, social and economic progress of the region as a whole, the Security Council was told today.

2) UN envoy says much still remains to be done in East Timor 29/01/01 (UN Radio) Much still remains to be done to meet the high expectations which accompanied the arrival of the Transitional Administration in East Timor.

3) East Timor: UN Security Council To Debate Extension of Mandate, Peacekeeping 29/01/01 (LUSA) The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to debate a one- year extension to its administrative and peacekeeping mandate in East Timor Friday.

4) East Timor: UN Needed After Independence, Vieira de Mello Tells Security Council 29/01/01 (LUSA) The head of East Timor`s UNTAET transition government, Sergio Vieira de Mello, told the UN Security Council Friday in New York that an international presence would have to be maintained in the territory to guarantee stability and security "far beyond" independence.

5) No extension for Timor troops 29/01/01 (ONE News) The UN administrator for East Timor wants peace keeping forces to stay there for another three years, but the New Zealand Government says they will have to do it without New Zealand troops.

6) UN Workers In East Timor Protest Cut In Living Allowance 29/01/01 (AP) Hundreds of U.N. workers in East Timor signed a petition Monday against cuts to their daily living allowances. From Feb. 1, the East Timor Mission Subsistence Allowance will drop from $109 to $95.

7) 'August vote' for E Timor 29/01/01 (BBC) General elections are likely to be held in East Timor on 30 August, leading to the country's full independence at the end of the year, a United Nations official has said.

8) Elections likely for East Timor on August 30 29/01/01 (ABC Radio) The United Nations administrator for East Timor, Sergio Vieira de Mello, says general elections are likely to be held in the territory at the end of August.

9) Indonesia Takes Steps To Improve Security At Timor Camps 29/01/01 (AP) Indonesia has finally started taking measures to improve security in West Timor's squalid refugee camps and appears willing to discuss ways to clear them out entirely, senior U.N. and East Timorese officials say.

10) Refugees release hostages in West Timor 29/01/01 (ABC Radio) A crowd of refugees in Kupang, West Timor have released a group of officials they took hostage demanding compensation for assets left behind in East Timor.

11) Indonesia seeks new sources for equipment 29/01/01 (Janes Defence Weekly) India and Indonesia have signed a military co-operation agreement to expand military contacts and training opportunities and to step up defence purchases.

12) Indonesia Hopes Bush Admin Will Lift Arms Embargo 29/01/01 (AP) Foreign Minister Alwi Shihab Monday said he hoped the new U.S. administration would lift a ban on the sale of weapons and military spare parts to Indonesia.

13) East Timor: Ramos Horta at UN Urges End to Sanctions Against Indonesia 29/01/01 (LUSA) Jose Ramos Horta, the foreign minister in East Timor`s transition cabinet, addressed the UN Security Council in New York on Friday, calling for end to sanctions against Indonesia and praising the performance of the peacekeeping force stationed in his homeland.

14) Christopher Hitchens makes the case charging Henry Kissenger with war crimes 29/01/01 (Democracy NOW) In Indonesia: In the first successful prosecution for the destruction of East Timor in 1999, an international court sentenced a pro-Indonesian militiaman to 12 years in prison for murder. Joao Fernandes, 22, testified during his trial that Indonesian army officers had given him a samurai sword and ordered him to kill independence supporters.

15) Human rights activists welcome verdict on Timor militiaman 29/01/01 (ABC Radio) Human rights activists have welcomed the first successful prosecution of an East Timorese militiaman implicated in the 1999 post-independence ballot rampage.

16) East Timor: Trial Welcome but Justice Still Elusive in Timor 29/01/01 (Human Rights Watch) Human Rights Watch today welcomed the first successful prosecution by an East Timorese court of a militia member, but said real justice for East Timor was a long way off.

17) East Timor aid effort set to fly 29/01/01 (The Post-Crescent) In less than one month, the people of the Fox Cities have donated almost five tons of school and medical supplies for the children of violence-torn East Timor, Appleton police officer Steve Elliott said this week.

REPORTS

18) Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 8 29/01/01 (OCHA) East Timorese refugees in Atambua rioted in Pasar Baru market on 22 January after three East Timorese high school students were attacked and injured by a group of youths earlier in the day.

19) General Assembly President, addressing Security Council on East Timor, stresses need for continued international presence 29/01/01 (GA/SM/232) UN General Assembly

20) Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor 29/01/01(S/2001/42) For the period 27 July 2000 to 16 January 2001

21) East Timor: Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin Week 02/2001 29/01/01 (WHO) Infectious Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Preparedness (IDSEP) Unit, World Health Organization, Dili, East Timor, in collaboration with the Division of Health Services of the Department of Social Affairs, ETTA.

22) East Timor: Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin Week 01/2001 29/01/01 (WHO)

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