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  • EAST TIMOR - REFUGEES Voice of America 03 October 1999 -- Officials from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees say the Indonesian government has decided to allow the hundreds of thousands of East Timorese refugees that fled into neighboring West Timor to return home. Officials say the sudden reversal of policy by Jakarta means some refugees can return home as early as this week.
  • U-N / EAST TIMOR REFUGEES Voice of America 03 October 1999 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency -- U-N-H-C-R -- says it has received permission from the Indonesian government to start repatriating East Timorese refugees from West Timor. It hopes to start airlifting the refugees back home this week.
  • COHEN / PHILIPPINES Voice of America 03 October 1999 -- The Philippine government is offering to send one thousand more troops to join the peacekeeping force trying to bring order to East Timor. The offer follows a visit to the Philippines and four other ASEAN member nations by U-S defense secretary William Cohen. He urged the nations to support the Australian-led peacekeeping effort with troops or cash.
  • RUSSIA - CHECHNYA Voice of America 03 October 1999 -- The Russian assault on the breakaway Chechen region is continuing with heavy bombardment in some areas. But Russian military officers say a they don't plan on mounting a full-scale invasion.
  • SIERRA LEONE - SANKOH Voice of America 03 October 1999 -- In Sierra Leone, the country's two main rebel leaders returned home today (Sunday) bringing symbolic closure to an eight-year long civil war that ended officially in July with a peace agreement. The two men apologized to the country for the destruction caused by the war - but it remains to be seen whether their apologies will soothe the victims' anger.

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