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TIMOR TODAY 25/10/99

TIMOR TODAY 25/10/99

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a) East Timorese residents cheer "Viva Timor L'este !" (Long Live East Timor!) as leader Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao makes appearance after his return in capital of Dili, East Timor Oct. 22, 1999. Gusmao arrived in East Timor under high security Thursday night and made his first address witnessed by thousands in Dili. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

b) East Timor's Falintil troops parade before their commander Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao on his arrival at a ceremony held at the Falintil rebel army camp in Remexio, in the hills outside of Dili, East Timor Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999. (AP Photo/Rob Elliott, Pool)

c) Timorese families carry their belongings off a ship returning to the Dili port, East TImor, carrying around 2,000 refugees from Kupang on Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999. Of the estimated 250,000 Timorese refugees remaining in West Timor after the referendum for indepedence only a small number have begun to return. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, Pool)


1 UNAMET to push for probes into killed, missing East Timor staff 25/10/99 (AFP) The head of the UN Mission in East Timor (UNAMET), Ian Martin, on Sunday pledged the United Nations will press for a result from all investigations into killed and missing East Timorese UN staff members.

2 Gusmao makes impromptu tour of devastated Dili 25/10/99 (AFP) DILI, East Timor East Timor resistance leader Xanana Gusmao Sunday made his first tour of Dili since his return, expressing disbelief at the level of devastation caused by pro-Jakarata militia following the independence vote.

3 Gusmao to visit his guerrilla stronghold 25/10/99 (AFP) DILI, East Timor, East Timor resistance leader Xanana Gusmao to visit his Falintil headquarters in the hills behind Dili.

4 Secret Timor reports ‘at risk’ 25/10/99 (The Age) By Paul Daley, Defence Correspondent Confidential reports from Australian military officers on the crisis in East Timor were probably compromised because the Defence Department refused to provide secure communications equipment.

5) Crowds throng port in search of missing relatives 25/10/99 (Straits Times) By David Boey Residents of East Timor’s razed capital, Dili, shrugged off news of the results of Indonesia’s presidential election, and focused instead on finding missing family members and friends.

6) Emotional scenes as refugees return to Dili 25/10/99 (ABC Radio) The World Today

7) World Bank East Timor mission to start this week 25/10/99 (AFP) Darwin, Australia

8) A World Bank mission will travel to East Timor this week to evaluate the costs of rebuilding the devastated territory, starting from what resistance leaders call "below ground zero."

9) Defence Analysts Split Over Likelihood of Militia Violence 25/1099 (The Australian) Australian defence analysts are divided over the likelihood of continuing militia violence in East Timor.

10) Oecussi - Population all but gone from enclave in ruins 25/1099 (The Australian) International forces in East Timor have found only 2500 people living in the hills in the enclave of Oecussi.

9) Cosgrove’s war and peace 24/10/99 The Age [Melbourne] Major-General Peter Cosgrove is not quite at war and not quite at peace. The Australian leader of the multi-national peacekeeping force in East Timor is commanding the type of complex military operation that has become commonplace in the late 20th century.


10) What are Indonesia’s Special Forces doing in Vermont? 24/10/99 Quietly tucked away in the Vermont hills, the only private military college in the country has been educating and training current and future members of the Indonesian army. During homecoming week at Norwich University, parents strolled the bucolic campus, crimson leaves glistening in the bright fall sunshine. A world away, that same hue ran in the streets of East Timor. The Norwich program, which includes both undergraduate and graduate military training, was arranged in 1997 by high-ranking Indonesian military officers suspected of committing crimes against humanity in East Timor.

11) The reality of our diplomacy 24/10/99 The Age The East Timor crisis and Australia’s leading role in the UN-authorised International Force for East Timor (InterFET) have brought Indonesian- Australian relations to a low point. But these developments have also been accompanied by new questioning in Australia of the Australia-US defence relationship - evoking the classic twin fears of either being controlled or left in the lurch by Australia’s superpower ally.


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