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  • 24 September 1999 - DAILY PRESS BRIEFING OF OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 24 Sep 1999
  • Text: Statement of Multinational Humanitarian Mission to E. Timor USIA 24 September 1999 -- During its recent visit to the East Timorese capital of Dili, the Multinational Humanitarian Mission was shocked to observe the widespread physical destruction of homes, commercial facilities and public buildings.
  • TIMOR - PENTAGON Voice of America 24 September 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen heads to Indonesia next week to urge the military and government there to restrain violence in the troubled territory of East Timor, and to cooperate with the U-N peacekeeping mission that is now moving into place. The Australian-led force is beginning to calm the deadly strife in the East Timor capital, Dili.
  • INDONESIA / PROTEST Voice of America 24 September 1999 -- Four people were reported dead Friday in Jakarta, after two days of bloody protests over the Indonesian parliament's approval of new powers for the military. The riots are the worst in the country since the start of the year, leaving more than 100 people injured.
  • EAST TIMOR / SECURITY HANDOVER Voice of America 24 September 1999 -- The head of the Indonesian military in East Timor says he will formally hand over control of security of the territory to the multi-national peacekeeping force -- led by Major General Peter Cosgrove -- next week. The East Timorese capital, Dili, the announcement comes as Indonesian troops continue to withdraw from the troubled territory.
  • EAST TIMOR / HUMAN RIGHTS Voice of America 24 September 1999 -- Two Nobel Peace Prize winners from East Timor have accused the Indonesian army of genocide and war crimes against the territory's people. They are urging the United Nations to investigate what they called atrocities against innocent men, women, and children.
  • EAST TIMOR / EXPULSIONS Voice of America 24 September 1999 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency, U-N-H-C-R, says it has evidence that people in East Timor have been forcibly expelled. The agency says interviews with people in the East Timorese capital, Dili, indicate, what it calls, an alarming pattern of well planned forcible removals of East Timorese to other parts of Indonesia.
  • Text: Summary of Sept. 24 UNHCR Briefing on Timor, Sierra LeoneUSIA 24 September 1999 -- Interviews conducted by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees revealed that removal of East Timorese to other parts ofIndonesia has been "well-planned" and "well-organized," particularlyintended to separate families, according to UNHCR Spokesman KrisJanowski.
  • Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing on East TimorUSIA 24 September 1999 -- The multinational peacekeeping force for East Timor led by Australia has restored "a measure of order" in the capital city of Dili and has started to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced Timorese, according to the Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Pacific forces (CINCPAC). In a special Defense Department briefing at the Pentagon September 24, Admiral Dennis Blair said: "We are not leading the effort; we are supporting it."
  • EAST TIMOR: 'DAUNTING,' 'DANGEROUS' PERIOD AHEAD USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 24 September 1999 -- The rapidly unfolding events in East Timor-- with several shooting incidents reported yesterday involving armed pro-Jakarta militias and Australian peackeepers-- and unrest in Jakarta, where crowds protested the passage of a new security bill giving broad powers to the military, continued to rivet the attention of editorialists around the world. Most commentators foresaw a "daunting" and "dangerous" period ahead for the Australia-led peacekeeping force, and viewed the death this past Wednesday of a Dutch journalist as an especially graphic "warning" from the militias that "they don't want anyone prying around."

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