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TIMOR TODAY 24 JULY 2000

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TIMOR TODAY 24 JULY 2000

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NEWS

1) East Timor needs skilled workers 24/07/00 (Daily Yomiuri) DILI - The serious shortage of experienced workers in public and private sectors in East Timor is the first obstacle to be overcome so that the war-ravished region can be set on the road to recovery, a U.N. official said Thursday.

2) Coffee may be root of East Timor's economy 24/07/00 (Associated Press) ERMERA - High in East Timor's hills, hundreds of poor farmers lead donkeys burdened with sacks of freshly picked red coffee cherries down muddy tracks to a local factory.

3) Timor Sea Bayu-Undan project on track, costs creep up: Petroz 24/07/00 (Dow Jones Newswires) CANBERRA -- Petroz NL (A.PTZ), a junior Australian oil company and a minority stakeholder in the world-class natural gas and condensate Bayu-Undan project in the Timor Sea, Friday said development was on track but costs have crept a little higher.

4) IMF official outlines pitfalls in East Timor aid effort 24/07/00 (Dow Jones Newswires) WASHINGTON (21/07) - The international effort to repair the devastation in East Timor is meeting with some success but at the same time is exposing many of the pitfalls in development economics.

5) Timor to seek membership of ASEAN, South Pacific Forum: Ramos Horta 24/07/00 (AFP) BANGKOK - East Timor will seek membership of both the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the South Pacific Forum after it gains full independence, leader Jose Ramos Horta said Friday.

6) Wahid still best man for Indonesia, says Horta 24/04/00 (AFP) BANGKOK -- Embattled President Abdurrahman Wahid is still the best leader Indonesia could have at the moment, East Timorese leader Jose Ramos Horta said on Friday.

7) Chilly welcome for Indonesian investigators in Dili 24/07/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - An Indonesian judicial team in East Timor to investigate violence by Jakarta's military and its local allies last year faced a hostile reception at the weekend.

8) Indon legal activist fears safety of East Timor carnage witnesses 24/07/00 (Indonesian Observer) JAKARTA - A respected legal aid activist says the government must guarantee the security of witnesses who are scheduled to testify later this year on atrocities conducted by pro-Jakarta militias and the Indonesian Defense Forces in East Timor last year.

9) UNHCR Withdraws From Betun Camp in West Timor 24/07/00 (Lusa) East Timor - The United Nations High Commission for Refugees announced Friday that it has withdrawn its personnel from the Betun refugee camp in Indonesian West Timor.

10) Troops from Timor get malaria strain 24/07/00 (The Philippine Star) MANILA - At least 25 Filipino soldiers who completed peacekeeping duties in East Timor have been found to be afflicted with a rare strain of malaria, causing serious concern that the disease might spread in the country.

11) Award Honors Canossian Martyr 24/07/00 (ZENIT.org) NEW YORK, JULY 21 - The "Path to Peace" Foundation, for the Christian and humanitarian of the Vatican Mission at the United Nations, has awarded the "Servitor Pacis" ("Servant of Peace") prize to Mother Erminia Cazzaniga, an Italian missionary killed on October 26 in East Timor, shortly after she had taken food and consolation to a group of refugees.

REPORTS

12) British human rights annual reports 24/07/00 (UKGOV) HUMAN RIGHTS Foreign & Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2000. Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by Command of Her Majesty

PRESS RELEASES

13) New UN peacekeeping commander takes over 24/07/00 (Australian Defence Public Affairs) DILI - Command of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in East Timor changed hands in Dili last Friday (21 July) with Thai Lieutenant General Boonsrang Niumpradit replacing Lieutenant General Jamie De Los Santos.

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