September 13, 1999 |
After two weeks of chaos and terror in East Timor, Indonesia's powerful military boss sang "Feelings" on Sunday to show why he can't walk away from the independence-minded territory. To cheers from retired military officers at a party, Defense Minister Gen. Wiranto dedicated the song to foreign journalists: "I hope you have the same feelings, like me, for East Timor."
November 26, 1999 |
State-appointed investigators have dug up mass graves containing the bodies of 25 people allegedly killed in the worst single massacre committed by anti-independence militias and Indonesian troops in East Timor, a press report said today. The decaying corpses were discovered in West Timor at Oeuli Beach, nearly 2 miles from the border with the eastern half of the island, which is now under U.N. administration.
September 15, 1999 |
Indonesian troops here were placed on high alert Tuesday in anticipation of a U.N. Security Council vote creating an Australian-led peacekeeping force for East Timor, Western military sources said.
September 15, 1999 |
The Security Council early this morning authorized an Australian-led interim peacekeeping force to stop the violence that has ravaged East Timor since its people voted for independence from Indonesia on Aug. 30. A multinational force of 5,000 to 7,000 troops, including soldiers from neighboring Asian nations specially requested by Indonesia, could be on the ground as early as this weekend.
September 17, 1999 |
Nearly 300 British Gurkha riflemen arrived here Thursday to join an international peacekeeping force in the final stages of preparation for deployment to violence-torn East Timor. The Gurkhas, an elite unit of Nepalese based in Brunei, are the first soldiers from another nation to link up with Australian units, which will lead the international force on what commanders acknowledge could be a dangerous mission. "For Australia, this is going to give us a real challenge," Adm.
September 10, 1999 |
President Clinton on Thursday suspended military relations with Indonesia and hinted at further steps, including economic and trade sanctions, unless the Southeast Asian nation quickly restores civil order in East Timor or allows an international peacekeeping force to do so. "If Indonesia does not end the violence, it must invite--it must invite--the international community to assist in restoring security," the president said.