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  • 7 October 1999 - DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 07 Oct 1999
  • TIMOR / SOLDIERS Voice of America 07 October 1999 -- Two Australian soldiers shot during an ambush by militia gunmen in East Timor have been flown back to Australia to recover. The soldiers escaped death in the shoot-out with anti-independence fighters who were armed with military style automatic weapons.
  • TIMOR / PEACEKEEPERS Voice of America 07 October 1999 -- The commander of the multinational peacekeeping force in East Timor is rejecting criticism that his troops are deploying too slowly to restore order, so relief efforts can be established. Peacekeepers are spreading out over rocky terrain to thwart attacks by pro-Indonesian militias.
  • EAST TIMOR ECONOMY Voice of America 07 October 1999 -- As peacekeepers try to secure East Timor from pro-Indonesian militias and refugees trickle back to their towns and villages, daunting challenges lie ahead for East Timor. Among them, the rebuilding of the territory's economy.
  • UNICEF / TIMOR Voice of America 07 October 1999 -- A senior United Nations Official says access to East Timorese refugees in camps in West Timor has improved in recent days. But, he says aid agencies are still having difficulty in delivering aid to people in certain parts of East Timor.
  • INDONESIAN POLITICS Voice of America 07 October 1999 -- A leading Indonesian opposition party has withdrawn its support for presidential front-runner Megawati Sukarnoputri.The defection is a serious blow to Ms. Megawati's chances in the October 20th election.
  • U-N-TIMOR RESOLUTION Voice of America 7 October 1999 -- The United Nations Security Council has formally begun considering a draft resolution (today/ Thursday) to authorize deployment of a U-N peacekeeping force to East Timor.
  • RUSSIA'S WAR IN CHECHNYA Voice of America 07 October 1999 --Russia's renewed military operations against its renegade Chechen region in the Caucasus continues to provoke many editorials in the world press.
  • RUSSIA / CHECHNYA Voice of America 07 October 1999 -- Russia has rejected outside mediation in the conflict in breakaway Chechnya, calling the situation an internal affair. A European Union delegation visiting Moscow has called for Russia to explain its military adventure in the breakaway republic.
  • RUSSIA / CHECHNYA Voice of America 07 October 1999 -- Russia has rejected suggestions of European Union (E-U) mediation in the conflict in breakaway Chechnya, calling it an internal affair.
  • ANGOLA / UNITA Voice of America 07 October 1999 -- Angola's UNITA rebel movement has dismissed as a propaganda trick government claims that its leader, Jonas Savimbi, is calling for an immediate cease-fire in the country's civil war.
  • Angola Mired in Military Standoff, Human Rights Expert Says USIA 07 October 1999 -- The failure of the Angolan government's third majoroffensive this year against the rebel movement UNITA (National Unionfor the Total Independence of Angola) has resulted in a militarystalemate with "dreadful" human rights ramifications for the nation'swar-weary people, says Alex Vines of Human Rights Watch/Africa.
  • Sanctions Chairman Hails De Beers Decision on Angolan Diamonds USIA 07 October 1999 -- The decision by the South African diamond group DeBeers to stop buying diamonds from Angola is an important step incurbing UNITA's source of revenue to continue the Angolan civil war,the chairman of the Security Council's Angolan Sanctions Committeesaid October 7.
  • Angola Mired in Military Standoff, Human Rights Expert Says USIA 07 October 1999 -- The failure of the Angolan government's third major offensive this year against the rebel movement UNITA (National Unionfor the Total Independence of Angola) has resulted in a militarystalemate with "dreadful" human rights ramifications for the nation'swar-weary people, says Alex Vines of Human Rights Watch/Africa.
  • U-N - ANGOLA - DIAMONDS Voice of America 7 October 1999 -- Diplomats at the United Nations today (Thursday) welcomed new private-sector measures aimed at reducing diamond sales by Angola's UNITA rebel group.
  • TURKEY / OCALAN Voice of America 7 October 1999 -- A Turkish court (Thursday) gave Kurdish rebel chief, Abdullah Ocalan, more time to prepare an appeal of his death sentence on treason charges.
  • U-N / AFRICA REFUGEES Voice of America 7 October 1999 -- The Organization of African Unity is appealing to the international community to pay more attention to the plight of millions of refugees in Africa.

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