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February 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.N. charged former Indonesian armed forces chief Gen. Wiranto, six other military officers and a civilian official with crimes against humanity over violence surrounding East Timor's 1999 vote for independence. Indonesia and East Timor have no extradition treaty, and Indonesia has ignored previous indictments. Stuart Alford, U.N. serious crimes unit prosecutor in East Timor, said it would be up to the world community to pressure Indonesia if it failed to cooperate.
March 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
East Timor's constituent assembly approved the territory's first constitution in an essential step before it becomes the world's newest nation in May. The 88-member democratically elected assembly voted overwhelmingly to accept the final draft of the constitution, which is loosely based on the national charter of East Timor's former colonial ruler, Portugal. There were 72 votes in favor of it and 14 against. One member abstained, while another was absent.
August 28, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A second day of violence left three more people dead in East Timor, despite angry U.N. demands that the Indonesian government rein in the militiamen who don't want the territory to break away from Indonesia. A U.N.-organized vote on independence for East Timor is set for Monday, but rampages by the anti-independence militia have left nine people dead in two days. Indonesia invaded the former Portuguese colony of East Timor in 1975, triggering years of guerrilla warfare and human rights abuses.
November 1, 2001 | Reuters
The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday endorsed the May 20 date that East Timorese set for independence and said about 5,000 peacekeepers and other U.N. personnel will stay in the territory until then. The council, in a formal statement, agreed to maintain soldiers, civilians and police trainers in East Timor from six months to two years after independence.
September 7, 2001
Re "Election Draws Huge Turnout in East Timor," Aug. 31: On Aug. 30, 93% of registered voters in East Timor cast ballots for a constituent assembly. But East Timorese dreams for a new nation are clouded by continual obstructions of freedom and justice by the Indonesian military. The U.S. must not renew military ties with Indonesia until certain minimum conditions regarding East Timor are met. The 80,000 East Timorese still held in refugee camps in Indonesian West Timor must be allowed to safely repatriate or resettle.
October 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
A delegation from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund arrived Friday to begin an assessment of East Timor's economic future. The delegation arrived as Indonesian troops prepared to leave the territory for the last time. On Friday, Col. Mark Kelly, a spokesman for a multinational, Australian-led peacekeeping force in the territory, told journalists that the Indonesians' departure was likely within 48 hours.
July 25, 2000 | Associated Press
A soldier from New Zealand became the first U.N. peacekeeper to be killed in East Timor when he was shot in the head Monday during a clash with armed men, the U.N.'s top official in the territory said. Pvt. Leonard Manning, 24, from the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, was part of a team tracking men who had reportedly crossed the border from Indonesian-ruled West Timor to East Timor. The U.N.
Buras Vertimor was 6 years old in 1975 when Indonesian invaders dropped from the sky above his home in East Timor. Now he is 21, part of a new generation of East Timorese who continue resisting Indonesia's annexation of their half of the island. West Timor is part of Indonesia, but East Timor formerly belonged to Portugal.
October 15, 1999 | Associated Press
Australian Maj. Gen. Peter Cosgrove, the commander of peacekeepers in East Timor, on Thursday proposed establishment of a buffer zone along the border with West Timor to prevent further clashes between his troops and Indonesian forces. Relations between the peacekeepers and Indonesian forces were strained by a gun battle Sunday along the border separating Indonesian-controlled West Timor from East Timor, which recently voted for independence from Indonesia.
May 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.N.-backed tribunal issued an arrest warrant against Indonesia's former military chief and current presidential candidate Gen. Wiranto on charges of human rights abuses during East Timor's bloody break with Jakarta in 1999, during which about 1,500 people were killed. Wiranto's campaign team said it was unconcerned by the warrant. Indonesian authorities have said they will not cooperate with the court in Dili. Wiranto headed Indonesia's army in 1999 when East Timor voted for independence.
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