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17 September 1999 Military News

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  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL 17 September 1999 -- Militias are reported to be seeking out pro-independence activists and taking them away to an unknown fate.
  • ASIA / PEACEKEEPERS Voice of America 17 September 1999 -- Australia Friday called for upon its Asia-Pacific neighbors to help in the multinational peacekeeping mission to East Timor. Countries in the region begin to mobilize troops for deployment.
  • EAST TIMOR / AID Voice of America 17 September 1999 -- The Australian Air Force has begun airlifting food aid to East Timor, where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes by anti-independence militiamen.
  • EAST TIMOR / PEACEKEEPERS Voice of America 17 September 1999 -- Some Indonesian troops have begun to withdraw from violence-ravaged East Timor, where the first international peacekeepers are expected to arrive Saturday.
  • NEW ZEALAND / EAST TIMOR Voice of America 17 September 1999 -- The first New Zealand troops participating in the United Nations multinational peacekeeping force in East Timor left for Australia, Friday, to prepare for deployment. The first wave of Special Air Services troops number a mere 50, but they are the forerunner of what could be New Zealand's biggest military action in three decades.
  • UNHCR / EAST TIMOR Voice of America 17 September 1999 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, is travelling to Indonesia Friday. The High Commissioner will meet with top officials in the capital, Jakarta, to convey her concern about the situation of the East Timorese people.
  • U-N - TIMOR AIDVoice of America 17 September 1999 -- United Nations officials in New York say they are making progress in delivering emergency relief supplies to displaced people East Timor. Air drops of food and other supplies began today (Friday) and are scheduled to continue through next week.
  • INDONESIA / PEACEKEEPERSVoice of America 17 September 1999 -- The United Nations has moved into its second day of flying emergency relief supplies to refugees trapped in East Timor. Thousands of people are feared dead in a fortnight of strife and hundreds of thousands of others are facing food shortages in the territory, where pro-Indonesia militias have virtually taken over.
  • EAST TIMOR AIDVoice of America 17 September 1999 -- Airdrops of food aid have begun in East Timor, where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes by anti-independence militiamen.
  • CLINTON-TIMORVoice of America 17 September 1999 -- The Clinton Administration is warning pro- Jakarta militiamen in East Timor against carrying out their threats to attack the Australian-led U-N peacekeeping force that will soon be moving into the territory.
  • WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL AIRDROPS IN EAST TIMOR 17 September 1999 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said that the first humanitarian airdrops were completed successfully in East Timor today, with the delivery of desperately needed food and blankets to tens of thousands of people hiding in the mountains from political violence.
  • PRESS BRIEFING ON HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS IN EAST TIMOR 17 September 1999 -- Clearly, the biggest questions for provision of assistance on the ground would be security and logistics. The United Nations was looking for donor governments to provide the logistical capability to deliver such assistance. Overland delivery promised to be difficult.
  • Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in East Timor September 17, 1999 -- The first half of September has seen a dramatic increase in human rights violations in East Timor. Since the popular consultation results were announced on 3 September 1999 armed pro-integration militia members have erected roadblocks throughout Dili and controlled the streets. Militia members were terrorizing and murdering unarmed civilians; burning houses; displacing large numbers of people; as well as intimidating, threatening, and attacking personnel of international organizations.
  • ANGOLA/FIGHTING Voice of America 17 September 1999 -- A senior official of Angola's UNITA rebel movement claims government troops have launched a major offensive against the rebels' main strongholds in the country's Central Highlands
  • COLOMBIA - FARC - ECUADOR Voice of America 17 September 1999 -- Colombia's principal guerrilla group, the FARC, has denied U-S accusations that its members kidnapped 12 foreigners in Ecuador last week. The denial comes as Ecuadorean authorities continue searching for the missing people.

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  • PRESS CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY PERMANENT MISSION OF ALBANIA United Nations 17 Sep 1999
  • RUSSIA - POLITICS Voice of America 17 September 1999 -- Lawmakers in Russia's upper house of parliament say they fully support the government's tough anti-terrorist measures following a series of apartment bombings in Russia and rebel activity in Dagestan and Chechnya. Lawmakers voted not to debate a motion to recommend the resignation of President Boris Yeltsin.
  • RUSSIA / EXPLOSION Voice of America 17 September 1999 -- Officials say an explosion in a Saint Petersburg apartment building that killed two and injured at least three others is not linked to a series of apartment bombings in Russia, but the blast comes amidst growing unease that the Russian government is unable to protect its citizens.
  • RUSSIA / EXPLOSION Voice of America 17 September 1999 -- Officials say an explosion in a Saint Petersburg apartment building that killed two and injured at least three others is not linked to a series of apartment bombings in Russia, but the blast comes amidst growing unease that the Russian government is unable to protect its citizens.



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