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  • 15 October 1999 - DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 15 Oct 1999
  • RUSSIA / KIDNAPPING Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- Russian Interior Ministry statistics show that up to one-thousand-300 people have been kidnapped in Chechnya over the last three years, with at least five-hundred people still believed in captivity.
  • RUSSIA / CHECHNYA Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- Russian military officials say their campaign to create a security zone around the breakaway republic of Chechnya has been completed. A Russian General says his forces will now begin a second phase of military operations designed to wipe out Chechen militants throughout the republic.
  • Text: U.S. Statement on Chechnya to OSCE Permanent Council Oct. 14 USIA 15 October 1999 -- David T. Johnson, U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), told the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna October 14 that the United States "remains concerned about the continuing hostilities in the North Caucasus."
  • U-N TIMOR INVESTIGATION Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- The United Nations' top human-rights official has appointed five legal and human-rights experts to investigate alleged atrocities in East Timor.
  • EAST TIMOR: INTERFET MISSION SPARKS CONTINUED DEBATE USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 15 October 1999 -- Jakarta writers weighed in with a range of views on such issues as the role of the Indonesian military vs. that of the Australian-led Interfet force, the alleged "brutality" of Interfet and the human rights situation in East Timor. Observers elsewhere discussed ASEAN's role vis-a-vis the peacekeeping mission in East Timor, with writers in Japan, the Philippines and Thailand decrying the group's long-cherished shibboleth of "non-interference" in the affairs of ASEAN member-states.
  • U-N / EAST TIMOR Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency, U-N-H-C-R, says it has signed a formal agreement with the Indonesian government granting the agency, what it calls, free and unimpeded access to hundreds of thousands of East Timorese refugees in West Timor. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports the agency says the agreement should speed up the repatriation process.
  • INDONESIA / POL Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- As the Indonesian Assembly debates whether to accept or reject a key accountability speech given by President B-J Habibie Thursday, protesters and police clashed for the second day in a row on roads leading to the national assembly building.
  • Text: Human Rights Commissioner Names Inquiry Panel On East Timor USIA 15 October 1999 -- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson has announced the composition of the international commission of inquiry that will look into possible violations of human rights and acts which may constitute breaches of international humanitarian law committed in East Timor since January 1999.
  • LANKA FIGHTING Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- Fresh fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in northern and eastern Sri Lanka has claimed more than 150 lives.
  • GEORGIA -- U-N HOSTAGES Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- Georgian officials say gunmen have released two U-N military observers and their translator who had been kidnapped while visiting a remote village in the breakaway Abkhazia region.
  • BURUNDI / U-N AID Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- United Nations agencies have now suspended their humanitarian operations in Burundi for an unspecified period of time.
  • U-N - TALEBAN SANCTIONS Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- The United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on Afghanistan's Taleban today (Friday) to protest its alleged support of international terrorism.
  • BRIEFING BY CHAIRMAN OF UNEP/HABITAT BALKANS TASK FORCE United Nations 15 Oct 1999

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  • MEXICO POLICE Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- Mexico City Mayor Rosario Robles said two policemen who took part in the clash with rioting students late Thursday have been detained and will be investigated for disobeying orders.



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