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TIMOR TODAY 16/09/99

To view these stories and photos visit http://www.easttimor.com/

PHOTOS

a) Australian soldiers don their packs after reviewing their equipment during military exercises at a base in Darwin, northern Australia. (AP Photo/Maya Vidon, Pool)

b) United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, right, meets with East Timor independence advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta at the U.N. (AP Photo/Osamu Honda)

c) Standing beneath a banner depicting the violence in East Timor, Indonesian police officers with riot shields block human rights activists from taking their protest to the United Nations office in Jakarta. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

NEWS

1) U.N. approves peacekeeping force for East Timor 16/09/99 (Deutsche Presse-Agentur) The United Nations Security Council Wednesday agreed to send a multi-national force to restore peace in East Timor, where a campaign of terror against independence supporters has raged on unabated.

2) Australia on details of East Timor force agreement 16/09/99 (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) "We don’t want a repeat of what happened some years ago in Bosnia, where the peacekeeping operation there had such a weak charter that, you know, you ended up with peacekeepers chained to posts unable to do anything to defend themselves."

3) Horta: Indonesian presence in East Timor a bad joke. 16/09/99 (AAP) "It would be an affront to the people of East Timor if the same criminals, the same rapists in the TNI who have been murdering thousands of people, who have committed ... atrocities, destroyed a whole country physically, would now pretend to be part of a multinational force."

4) US journalist captured by military in Dili 16/09/99 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "The food situation is very grave, for the refugees and the Aitarak, even for people in Dili city itself. Stores and warehouses have been burnt and looted and destroyed. It’s probably worse than many other parts of the countryside."

5) Indon military may kill Aussies to salvage some self-respect 16/09/99 (The Australian Financial Review) For the Indonesian military to salvage some self-respect from the mess it created in East Timor one thing is essential. The peacekeeping force led by Australia must not have an easy time restoring security.

6) Indon students shot, beaten, in clashes over military atrocities 16/09/99 (AFP) JAKARTA - Protests erupted here Wednesday as the UN approved sending troops to East Timor, with security forces opening fire outside the UN building at students protesting Indonesian military atrocities.

7) Testimony by E Timorese Refugees 16/09/99 (Amnesty International) Amnesty International today released terrifying testimony it has taken from two East Timorese refugees demonstrating how widespread the violence remains in East Timor.

8) East Timorese in West Timor to be transported across Indonesia 16/09/99 (Jakareta Post) Minister of Transmigration A.M. Hendro Priyono said here that transmigration areas across the province would be allotted for the East Timorese, who are being deported from their homeland following the Aug. 30 self-determination ballot.

9) Indon foreign ministry gave media training to militia 16/09/99 (AFP) HONG KONG - The Indonesian foreign ministry organized and paid for leaders of the pro-Indonesian militia in East Timor to be trained in public relations ahead of the recent election, the Far Eastern Economic Review said Wednesday.

PRESS RELEASES

10) Ireland’s Gerry Adams contacts Clinton and Blair over East Timor 16/09/99 (Sinn Féin) Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP this afternoon wrote to An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and faxed messages to US President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to seek their support for the immediate deployment of the UN Peace Keeping force which has been agreed for East Timor.

11) Indonesian Unionists back East Timor freedom struggle 16/09/99 (FNPBI) "We call on the international community, especially the workers to maintain pressure on the Indonesian government through strikes/industrial action, economic sanctions and other forms of pressure."

OPINION

12) Now east timor, next West Papua 15/09/99 (OPM) East Timorese’s unanimous vote for independence is the beginning of the road to freedom for indonesia’s "colonies." The events of 30 August 1999 will undoubtedly inspire others struggling to disentangle themselves from the indonesian regime, in particular west papua (the western half of the island of new guinea which the indonesians call irian jaya).

BACKGROUND UPDATE

Refugees fleeing and transported from Timor

Where abouts of pro-Independence East Timorese Leaders

Priests, nuns and leaders – dead or missing

List of Countries Planning Timor Peace Force

Pro Integration Personnel: which ones are war criminals?

Jakarta has accepted an international force in East Timor

Situation inside East Timor

The Final Solution

UNAMET closed down today – 14/9/99

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