DAILY CATHOLIC    THANKSGIVING/ADVENT Special Issue     November 24-28, 1999     vol. 10, no. 223-225

NEWS & VIEWS
from a CATHOLIC perspective

To print out entire text of Today's issue,
go to SECTION ONE and SECTION TWO and SECTION THREE and SECTION FOUR and SECTION FIVE

200,000 EAST TIMOR REFUGEES TO RETURN TO THEIR COUNTRY

Agreement between Indonesian Military and U.N. Forces

        JAKARTA, NOV 23 (ZENIT).- Some 200,000 refugees of the conflict in East Timor, during which two bishops were attacked and hundreds of Catholic collaborators and faithful were killed, will be able to return to their land from their present refuge in the western part of the island. The decision follows an agreement signed by the Jakarta army and the U.N. INTERFET forces. Those who wish to remain in the west, will be able to do so if they choose to be integrated into Indonesian society.

        The agreement was made possible, thanks to the mediation of United States U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who is currently visiting the Asian island. The treaty stipulates that the Jakarta armed forces must control the activities of the pro-Indonesia paramilitary militias, who were responsible for the previous killings, which took place in the island after the referendum on independence held on August 30.

        Yesterday, Albert Hasibuan, president of an independent Commission established in Indonesia to investigate these attacks on human rights, said to the newspaper "Suara Pembaruan" that "the TNI (Indonesian army) supported the militias' burnt earth program in East Timor, which ended in killings and devastation." Hasibuan specified that a series of military chiefs are being investigated.

        "There are at least five violations of human rights that have caused the death of hundreds of Timorese and have been committed by militias with the help of regular troops," the Commission's president said.

        Meanwhile, tensions and disorders on another island of the archipelago, in the province of Aceh, have resulted in the death of two policemen and three civilians. This province, which experienced unrest previously -- provoked by independence movements, had returned to calm following Wahid's election as President of Indonesia. ZE99112308


Articles provided through Catholic World News and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and International Dossiers, Daily Dispatches and Features at ZENIT International News Agency. CWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

November 24-28, 1999       volume 10, no. 223-225
NEWS & VIEWS

DAILY CATHOLIC

|    Back to Graphics Front Page     Back to Text Only Front Page     |    Archives     |    What the DAILY CATHOLIC offers     |    DAILY CATHOLIC Ship Logs    |    Ports o' Call LINKS     |    Catholic Webrings    |    Catholic & World News Ticker Headlines     |    Why we NEED YOUR HELP     |    Why the DAILY CATHOLIC is FREE     |    Our Mission     |    Who we are    |    Books offered     |    Permissions     |    Top 100 Catholics of the Century    |    Enter Porthole HomePort Page    |    Port of Entry Home Page |    E-Mail Us