TIMOR TODAY 27/01/2000

Published: Thu 27 Jan 2000 02:22 PM
TIMOR TODAY 27/01/2000
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a) East Timorese men are searched by Australian troops from INTERFET after a brawl in the central market in Dili Tuesday, January 25, 2000. Three people were injured in the fight which broke out after CNRT security men (pro-independence umbrella group) decided to secure the area, prompted by daily outbreaks of violence in the market. (AP Photo/Jonathan Perugia)
b) Philippine Lt. Gen. Jaime de los Santos, Force Commander of UNTAET (United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor) speaks with an Australian soldier from INTERFET (International Force for East Timor) upon arriving at the military heliport in Dili Tuesday, January 25, 2000. General De los Santos will lead the 8,500 strong U.N. peacekeeping force that will replace INTERFET by February 28, 2000. (AP Photo/Jonathan Perugia)
1) Vigilante Gangs At War Over UN's Failings 27/01/00 (The Australian) VICIOUS rioting erupted yesterday in the East Timorese capital, Dili, as friction between rival groups supposedly backed by the independence movement, CNRT, intensified.
2) New UN Military Chief Arrives In East Timor 27/01/00 (Associated Press) DILI, East Timor - The new commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force for East Timor arrived in the devastated territory Tuesday, saying that control of the border with Indonesia would be his greatest task.
3) UN police expect to find 60 bodies in Timor grave 27/01/00 (Reuters) DILI — Police in East Timor expect to find up to 60 bodies when they start investigating a grave site in an isolated enclave this week in what could be the biggest mass grave found in the territory so far.
4) Pressure for international tribunal grows 27/01/00 (IPS) DARWIN, Australia - While Indonesia wants the United Nations and the United States to give it a chance to complete its own inquiry into the atrocities in East Timor, a British human rights group warns that Jakarta could protect its own army generals from being brought to justice for crimes against humanity.
5) Indon rights group proposes foreign judges in Timor trial 27/01/00 (Indonesian Observer) JAKARTA — A member of the Commission of Inquiry for Human Rights Abuses (KPP HAM) says foreign judges should be invited to participate in the planned trial for six senior generals accused of masterminding last September’s carnage in East Timor.
6) East Timor hopes to establish ties with China 27/01/00 (Irish Times) CHINA - East Timor's independence leaders, Mr Xanana Gusmao and Mr Jose Ramos Horta, have told the Chinese leadership on a visit to Beijing that they hoped to establish diplomatic ties with China.
7) Christian children’s fund delivers housing 27/01/00 (Christian Children’s Fund) Richmond, VA – Operating the largest aid program of any international non-governmental organization in East Timor since 1990, Christian Children’s Fund will assist over 5,000 East Timorese families in desperate need of housing due to recent war conflicts that have plagued the region.
8) East Timor What UNICEF Is Doing? 27/01/00 (UNICEF) UNICEF continues extensive humanitarian work in the wake of the conflict that threatened to destroy the province of East Timor following free elections in which the province's people chose independence from Indonesia.
9) Progress report to General Assembly 27/01/00 (UN) General Assembly, Fifty-fourth session Agenda item 96 Question of East Timor Progress report of the Secretary-General
10) IOM: Timor Activity Update 27/01/00 (IOM) There is a continuing need to return up to 110,000 displaced persons in West Timor to their communities of origin in East Timor, in order for rehabilitation, reconstruction and development to begin. The safe and orderly return transportation of displaced persons is the responsibility of IOM by agreement and in close co-operation with UNHCR.
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