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07 September 1999 Military News

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  • Robinson Calls For Human Rights Commission Emergency Session on East Timor USIA 07 September 1999 -- The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged that a special session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights be convened to examine the "extremely serious" situation in East Timor.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 07 September 1999 -- EAST TIMOR -- Armed pro-integration militia groups are forcing the displacement of thousands of people, attacking concentrations of internally displaced persons, attacking the homes and offices of prominent community leaders, and intimidating foreigners, including United Nations personnel. Many have been killed. Indonesian military and police forces have allowed - and in some cases participated in - these abuses.
  • UN Mission Will Urge Indonesia to Accept Foreign Peacekeepers on Timor USIA 07 September 1999 -- The UN Security Council has sent a five-man mission to Jakarta to confer with the Indonesian government regarding the violence in East Timor following the UN-supervised referendum in which the region's inhabitants voted overwhelmingly for independence fromIndonesia.
  • U.S. Expects Indonesia to Protect People of East Timor USIA 07 September 1999 -- President B.J. Habibie of Indonesia has promised to provide the necessary security to the people of East Timor, Bacon said. "We expect him to use his military to meet that part of his pledge."
  • EAST TIMOR: 'A NIGHTMARE THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED' USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 07 September 1999 -- The weekend's events in the East Timorese capital of Dili and elsewhere in the province-- where bands of armed, pro-Jakarta militias have rampaged for four straight days following the announcement Friday of last week's referendum on autonomy-- provoked an outpouring of editorials from nearly all quarters of the globe. Indonesian opinion aside, editorialists in all regions placed the blame for the killings of pro-independence Timorese firmly on the Indonesian government, which, they held, had done nothing to "rein in" the militias. In debating what steps to take next, the overwhelming majority of commentators favored the deployment, "sooner, rather than later," of an armed UN peacekeeping force to East Timor.
  • EAST TIMOR -- MARTIAL LAW Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- The Indonesian military has defended its imposition of martial law in East Timor, saying it is needed to restore order. The military is rejecting suggestions that the decision is aimed at quashing independence supporters in the territory. It is also ruling out any acceptance of international peacekeepers until November, when East Timor's vote for independence will be formally approved.
  • EAST TIMOR - MARTIAL LAW Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- The Indonesian military has imposed martial law in East Timor, after armed militia groups spent days rampaging through the territory, killing hundreds and forcing thousands out of their homes.The military has been accused of aiding the militia groups.
  • EAST TIMOR: THE PRESSURE TO RESTORE ORDER GROWS Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- Human-rights groups and others concerned about the situation East Timor are faulting the United Nations, and governments involved in East Timor's independence referendum, for failing to act against the explosive violence that followed last week's historic vote. Pressure is growing for the international community to intervene, if Indonesia fails to stop what East Timorese independence leader Xanana Gusmao says may be a genocide unfolding in the disputed territory.
  • GUSMAO RELEASE Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- East Timorese independence leader Xanana Gusmao is free. He has been released from seven years in jail in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta and handed over to the United Nations. Mr. Gusmao is now in the British Embassy, deciding his next move.
  • TIMOR / GUSMAO Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- East Timorese independence leader Xanana Gusmao has made a plea for international assistance to stop the bloodshed in East Timor. Mr. Gusmao, a former guerrilla leader was released from house arrest on Tuesday, as martial law was declared in East Timor.
  • U-N - HOLBROOKE - TIMOR Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- At the United Nations today (Tuesday), officials are awaiting the report of a Security Council fact-finding delegation before making any decision about supporting intervention in East Timor.
  • U-N / EAST TIMOR Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- The United Nations refugee agency (U-N-H- C-R) estimates that more than 30-thousand people have been displaced within the East Timorese capital, Dili by militia attacks. The Agency says it has no idea how many people have been displaced from other parts of the territory, or how many may have fled to the western part of the island.
  • U.S. - TIMOR Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- The United States is waiting to decide whether it will contribute troops to an international peacekeeping force for East Timor until a UN Security Council team dispatched to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta completes an assessment of the situation.
  • CHIAPAS PROPOSAL Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo has launched a new effort to end the conflict with guerrillas in the southern state of Chiapas, which began with an armed uprising by the Zapatista Army for National Liberation in January of 1994 and has remained at a standoff ever since.
  • RUSSIA / DAGESTAN Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin has lashed out at military leaders for failing to stop Islamic rebels from advancing into Dagestan. Moscow correspondent Mr. Yeltsin is calling for quick and tough measures to expel the militants from the southern Russian region.
  • CONGO REBELS Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- Rebels in Congo say president Laurent Kabila has broken last week's cease-fire with two attacks against rebel positions. Rwanda says there is still time to save the deal, but the international community needs to move fast.
  • COLOMBIAN APPEAL Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- Colombia's former defense minister and (former) army commander told reporters in Washington today (Tuesday) that his government's peace negotiations with leftist guerrillas are tantamount to treason. General Harold Bedoya says he agrees with the head of the U-S anti-drug effort, Barry McCaffrey, who has denounced the close ties between Colombia's guerrillas and drug traffickers.

News Reports

  • EGYPT / MUBARAK Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- Egyptian newspapers are downplaying Monday's attempt on the life of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak. The attack has some Egyptians worried over what would have happened if Mr. Mubarak had been killed.

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