06 September 1999 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- EAST TIMOR VIOLENCE UPDATE Voice of America 06 September 1999 -- The situation on the ground in the East Timorese capital, Dili, is worsening just days after a referendum showed the majority of people there do not want to be a part of Indonesia. Amid the sharp escalation of violence at least 25 people have been killed in the past 24 hours.
- GUSMAO RELEASE Voice of America 06 September 1999 -- Soon-to-be-freed East Timor resistance leader Xanana Gusmao is refusing to return to East Timor. Mr Gusmao has told the Indonesian government he wants to be released in the capital Jakarta, because it is too dangerous to return to his terrorized homeland.
- INDONESIA - U-N Voice of America 06 September 1999 -- The United Nations has rejected claims by Indonesia that it has failed to investigate alleged irregularities in last week's referendum that resulted in a landslide vote for East Timor independence.
- RED CROSS / EAST TIMOR Voice of America 06 September 1999 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross, I-C-R-C, says it has evacuated its staff from East Timor to Australia. The move follows the storming of its compound in the capital, Dili, by armed militia opposed to independence for the territory.
- TIMOR / EXODUS Voice of America 06 September 1999 -- In East Timor, militiamen and soldiers of the Indonesian army are joining together in an effort to drive thousands of East Timorese from their homeland. The forced exodus comes a week after East Timorese voted overwhelmingly to break away from Indonesia.
- CENTRAL ASIAN INSURGENCY Voice of America 06 September 1999 -- Perhaps as many as a thousand Islamic militants have seized five mountain villages in Southern Kyrgyzstan and taken several hostages, including four Japanese geologists. In its worst crisis since gaining independence from the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan has called on neighboring countries for help, as well as Russia.
- ERITREA/ETHIOPIA Voice of America 06 September 1999 -- A peace plan designed to end the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea is on hold after Ethiopia rejected some of the terms Saturday. Eritrea calls Ethiopia's rejection the equivalent to a declaration of war.
- RUSSIA / DAGESTAN Voice of America 06 September 1999 -- Russia's Security Council is to hold an urgent session on the rapidly spreading conflict in the northern Caucasus, as the death toll from Saturday's bomb blast in Dagestan reaches 50. Russian jets are again bombing villages controlled by Muslim rebels.
- CONGO REBELS Voice of America 06 September 1999 -- One of Congo-Kinshasa's biggest rebel groups says President Laurent Kabila has already broken a cease-fire deal reached last week in Zambia. Rebels say President Kabila is not disarming militiamen as required by the accord.
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