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  • 29 September 1999 - DAILY PRESS BRIEFING OF OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 29 Sep 1999
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY SECRETARY-GENERAL'S SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR EAST TIMOR 28 September 1999 -- In response to questions about UNAMET having prior information about possible attacks by anti-independence forces as far back as July, Mr. Martin said there were constant reports and, indeed, public statements by pro-autonomy and militia leaders that there would be violence in the event of a pro-independence outcome in the ballot.
  • HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR'S SITUATION REPORT EAST TIMOR CRISIS 29 September 1999 -- Local officials report that as many as 70,000 persons may have entered Dili during the past two days and that 30,000 more displaced may arrive in the near future. The influx has been spontaneous and relatively orderly, with the majority of people returning directly to their homes. The condition of the returnees appears to be good although most people lost their assets during the crisis.
  • U-N - EAST TIMOR Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- The United Nations says it is preparing to take up civilian duties in East Timor, including the delivery of water and electricity for the territory which was devastated by a wave of violence. Much of East Timor's infrastructure was destroyed when anti-independence militias swept through the territory, killing thousands and setting fire to buildings and homes.
  • Text: Defense Secretary Cohen's Australia "Today" Show Interview USIA 29 September 1999 -- Countries in the Asia-Pacific region must do their share for peace, U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen said in a September 29 interview on Australia's "Today" Show during his trip through theregion.
  • Text: State Department on Murder of Religious Officials in Timor USIA 29 September 1999 -- The United States condemns the murder of nine religious officials and staff who were fired upon by a unit of the Indonesian military while driving between Los Palos and Bau Cau in East Timor, the State Department said in a September 29 statement.
  • Text: U.S. to Provide $5.1 Million for East Timor AssistanceUSIA 29 September 1999 -- The United States will be providing $5.1 million in humanitarian assistance to victims of the recent violence in East Timor, Deputy State Department Spokesman James Foley announced September 29.
  • Text: Statement of Defense Secretary on Indonesian Army Sept. 30USIA 29 September 1999 -- The United States will not consider restoring normal military relations with Indonesia until the Indonesian military restores order in East Timor and takes reforms underway by protecting human rights and operating under civilian control, Defense Secretary William Cohen said.
  • U-N - EAST TIMOR - INTERVENTION Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- The United Nations is facing criticism for its failure to prevent the latest violence in the former Portuguese colony of East Timor. U-N officials are defending the organization. But they also say compromises were made in order to secure Indonesia's agreement to allow the vote last month on East Timor independence. The United Nations dealt with the apparently difficult choices it faced on the issue of East Timor.
  • U-N - TIMOR - PLANNING Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- Indonesia has agreed to an acceleration of planning for the hand-over of East Timor to a United Nations interim administration. The agreement was reached in talks today (Tuesday) between Indonesia, Portugal and the United Nations
  • JAKARTA/PEACEFUL PROTESTS Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- Hundreds of university students held an anti-violence protest in Jakarta Wednesday. The students were not the only ones in Jakarta's streets Wednesday pushing for political reform.
  • DILI REFUGEES Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- As security continues to improve in East Timor, INTERFET, the U-N peacekeeping force says it expects an influx of returnees to the territory's capital, Dili. Some of the refugees are being moved into a sports stadium where aid agencies can provide better care for them.
  • COHEN-JAKARTA Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen says Washington is sending more helicopters, troops and a large ship to help the peacekeeping force in East Timor. The announcement comes as defense officials say pro-Indonesia militias may be planning attacks on the Australian-led peacekeeping troops in the troubled territory. Mr. Cohen will warn Jakarta Thursday that such attacks could have serious consequences
  • U-S - INDONESIA Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- The United States and Indonesia disagree over the seriousness of the refugee situation spawned by the crisis in East Timor, as well as the need for a United Nations commission of inquiry to examine human rights violations there. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had what was described as an intense meeting on East Timor with Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas in New York Wednesday.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY AUSTRALIA 29 September 1999 -- The international force in East Timor had been very successful so far in helping to restore peace and security to many parts of the territory, Alexander Downer, Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, told correspondents.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY FOREIGN MINISTER OF SRI LANKA United Nations 29 Sep 1999
  • SRI LANKA ATTACK Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- The United Nations, says the Sri Lankan government has confirmed 22 Tamil refugees were accidentally killed when government planes bombed the country's north earlier this month.
  • SRI LANKA ATTACK Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- The United Nations, says the Sri Lankan government has confirmed 22 Tamil refugees were accidentally killed when government planes bombed the country's north earlier this month.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL'S SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS IN KOSOVO United Nations 29 Sep 1999
  • Holbrooke Outlines U.S. Four-Point Agenda to Help Africa USIA 29 September 1999 -- Discussing what Secretary-General Kofi Annan called Africa's "combination of accomplishments and unresolved problems, opportunities seized and chances missed," the Security Council September 27 held a ministerial-level session on the continent and what the international community and Africans themselves can do to see that their lives are freer, safer, and more secure in the coming century.
  • Text: Amb. Holbrooke at UNSC Open Meeting on Africa Sept. 29 USIA 29 September 1999 -- U.S. Representative to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke, addressing a U.N. Security Council open meeting on Africa September 29, outlined a four-part U.S. agenda by which he said the United Nations can "do whatever is possible to support and foster" the ambitions of African people.
  • Romero Testifies on Key Issues Facing Americas USIA 29 September 1999 -- Although the Western Hemisphere faces many challenges,the countries of the region have arrived at a "promising juncture,"says Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemispheric affairs, Peter Romero
  • Text: State Dept.'s Romero Testifies on Western Hemisphere Issues USIA 29 September 1999 -- The United States is committed to working with the Colombiangovernment as it implements an ambitious plan to combat illegal drugtrafficking and myriad associated problems, Acting Assistant Secretaryof State Peter Romero told a congressional committee September 29.
  • TURKEY / KURDS Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- At least five-thousand Turkish troops backed by helicopter gunships have crossed into northern Iraq in pursuit of rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or P-K-K.
  • RUSSIA / CHECHNYA Voice of America 29 September 1999 -- Russian warplanes have conducted another day of air strikes on breakaway Chechnya, even as Russian aid workers begin building camps for refugees fleeing the bombs.

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