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TIMOR TODAY 4/11/99

TIMOR TODAY 4/11/99

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PHOTOS

a) Xanana Gusmao, center left, talks with U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Gelbard at the Baucau airport in East Timor Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999. Gelbard is the first high level U.S. official to visit East Timor since the August 30th referendum vote for independence which plunged the territory into chaos. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, Pool)

b) Indonesian soldiers watch over the assault rifles of their colleagues at their headquarters in Dili. (AP Photo/Erik De Castro, POOL 26/10/99)

c) International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) forensic experts examine clothings and bones of human remains exhumed from a shallow grave in Dili, East Timor, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999. About a hundred bodies have been recovered so far around East Timor and none of them have been identified yet. (AP Photo/Erik De Castro, Pool)

NEWS

1) East Timor Leaders Oppose a Malaysian-Led Force 4/11/99 (International Herald Tribune) The East Timorese leadership has effectively vetoed a proposal by Malaysia, which prides itself as a champion of Third World causes, to take command of the United Nations-sanctioned force that will help prepare the territory for independence within three years, diplomats said Tuesday.

2) Malaysia Says Has No Ulterior Motive In Timor 4/11/99 Reuters Malaysia has defended itself against scathing criticism from an East Timor independence leader who said Kuala Lumpur was against human rights and should not lead a United Nations peacekeeping force in the territory.

3) E. Timor prospects oil zone for income 4/11/99 (Christian Science Monitor) The Timor Gap may figure into assessments the World Bank is making of the area's economic future.

4) Farmers reduced from coffee to corn 4/11/99 (Washington Post) In a country where most people grow just enough rice and corn to ward off their hunger, Jose Madeira Ximenes ate not a bean of his crop.

5) Cholera, malaria and tuberculosis pose major threats in East Timor 2/11/99 (World Health Organization) With the rainy season in East Timor due to begin in November, epidemic diseases, such as cholera and malaria, are becoming a major public health concern there, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned today. Moreover, tuberculosis (TB) treatment programmes urgently need to be restarted.

6) I just followed rules, says head of police 4/11/99 (Sydney Morning Herald) The Indonesian police officer in charge of East Timor at the height of this year's violence and destruction has been promoted to one of the important investigative jobs in Jakarta.

7) Interfet soliers presented with skulls 4/11/99 (The Australian) INTERFET soldiers were today presented with three skulls by families here who said their relatives had been killed by pro-Jakarta militia members.

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