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  • 1 October 1999 - DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 01 Oct 1999
  • U-N / EAST TIMOR Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency, U-N-H-C-R, says it is preparing to airlift emergency relief aid for thousands of displaced people from East Timor who fled or were deported to West Timor.
  • U-N - EAST TIMOR - PROBE Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- The United Nations is sending a first group of human rights experts to Indonesia next week to investigate alleged atrocities in East Timor. It is one of the first steps toward determining who is responsible for hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of deaths surrounding East Timor's August 30th independence poll.
  • Transcript: Defense Sec. Cohen Bangkok Oct. 1 Press Conference USIA 01 October 1999 -- The United States is supporting all of the peacekeepers in East Timor, and they should have the right to defend themselves if attacked by pro-Indonesia militias, Secretary of State William Cohen said in an October 1 wide-ranging press conference in Bangkok.
  • National Security Advisor, Timorese Leader Review Refugee Situation USIA 01 October 1999 -- The President's National Security Advisor, Samuel R. Berger, met with Jose Alexandre Gusmao (Xanana), the President of the National Council for the Timorese Resistance, at the White House September 30 to discuss the humanitarian situation in East and West Timor and the implementation of the August 30 referendum.
  • TIMOR / THAILAND / U-S Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen says Washington will help Thailand send troops to the peacekeeping mission in East Timor.
  • E. TIMOR / PEACEKEEPERS Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- International peacekeepers in East Timor have started pushing into western parts of the territory for the first time since the peacekeeping mission was launched almost two weeks ago. The move comes as anti-independence militia leaders vow to take over six districtsin the same area.
  • National Security Advisor, Timorese Leader Review Refugee Situation USIA 01 October 1999 -- The President's National Security Advisor, Samuel R. Berger, met with Jose Alexandre Gusmao (Xanana), the President of the National Council for the Timorese Resistance, at the White House September 30 to discuss the humanitarian situation in East and West Timor and the implementation of the August 30 referendum.
  • EAST TIMOR: REACTION TO COHEN, HOWARD, HUMAN RIGHTS INQUIRY USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 01 October 1999 -- In contrast to commentary filed previously--in which certain themes, such as the perceived need to intervene quickly on behalf of the pro-independence East Timorese, galvanized writers around a single issue--most recent editorials focused on a range of subjects. High on the list of topics discussed were Defense Secretary Cohen's visit to Jakarta this week, Australian Prime Minister Howard's remarks on his country's security role in the region, the UN Human Rights Commission's vote in Geneva on Tuesday to launch an inquiry into possible human rights abuses in East Timor and the continuing problems facing Interfet forces as they carry out their mission.
  • Daily Press Briefing 1 October 1999- Darwin -- The convoy that travelled to Lospalos yesterday reports that between 20 to 30% of the population has returned to the main town.
  • RUSSIA/CHECHNYA Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- As Russian troops tighten a security cordon around Chechnya, authorities in Moscow are saying they no longer recognize the authority of Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov. The stepped-up military activity is triggering a further exodus of Chechen refugees.
  • RUSSIA / CHECHNYA Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- A shipment of United Nations humanitarian aid has arrived in Russia's north Caucasus region to help refugees who are fleeing the Russian air strikes on Chechnya. Tent camps are being built along Chechnya's border with Ingushetia, not far from where Russian troops are massing for a possible ground invasion.
  • US/CHECHNYA WARNING Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- The United States is again raising its concerns with Russia about its military actions against breakaway Chechnya. The Clinton Administration is growing increasingly concerned about the possibility of an all out invasion by Moscow to crush Islamic militants.
  • RUSSIA: 'WAR CLOUDS OVER CHECHNYA' USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 01 October 1999 -- The escalating crisis in Chechnya, where Russia has pursued a week-long bombing campaign and positioned ground troops in its fight against Islamic militants, raised widespread concern in the foreign media. Nearly all feared that Moscow risks "sliding into a second Chechen war," having failed to learn the "lesson" that "government bombs don't stop terrorist bombs." Russian commentary aside, many emphasized that "the Caucasus will not come to peace with a bombing campaign like NATO's against Serbia" and that "a political solution"--perhaps negotiating with the republic for its independence--is the only way to resolve the issue of "Russia's 'Vietnam.'"
  • ON THE ETHNO-POLITICAL AND HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN THE CHECHEN REPUBLIC Russian Ministry for the Federation and Nationalities 10.11.1999
  • SIERRA LEONE / SANKOH Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- The traditional leader of Sierra Leone's rebellion, Foday Sankoh, is scheduled to return home on Saturday. The Sierra Leonean government says Mr. Sankoh should be accompanied by the former coup leader, Johnny Paul Koroma
  • THAILAND / BURMA EMBASSY Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- A dozen armed attackers, calling themselves the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors, attacked Burma's Embassy in Bangkok late Friday morning and are holding up to 20 diplomats and their families.
  • PAK / RELIGIOUS KILLINGS Voice of America 01 October 1999 -- At least ten people have been killed in two separate incidents, as religiously-motivated attacks continue in Pakistan. The killings are the latest in a recent series of attacks on Shiite Muslims throughout country, killing 14 people.

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