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FOCUS: CRISIS IN EAST TIMOR: Can the world bring Indonesia to heel?

As the UN puts pressure on Jakarta, it seems even the generals may now be powerless to call off the militias

East Timor Crisis: Britain ready to back ban on arms sales

THE EUROPEAN Union is almost certain to put an embargo on arms sales to Indonesia, immediately halting exports of military equipment, including British-made Hawk jets.

East Timor Crisis: US moves nearer to intervention

IN A sharp shift in policy, the United States accused the Indonesian army yesterday of direct involvement in attacks on civilians and UN officials in East Timor. This is the first time the US has acknowledged what has been clear for days on the ground, indicating that the West is set on a course of confrontation with the Indonesian military, and is moving towards direct military intervention.

Monitor: Assassination of a nation

All the News of the World: ANARCHY IN EAST TIMOR

To save East Timor, we must make life hard for the generals

I am a great believer in whacking totalitarian monsters. But if you go in, you go in to win

Leading Article: Only consent can save Indonesia from disintegration

IT IS NOW becoming clear that the unfolding tragedy in East Timor constitutes the most dangerous crisis for South East Asia since the Vietnam war 25 years ago. Its epicentre may be merely one half of one of the thousands of islands which make up the Indonesian archipelago. But events there now threaten to undo, if they have not undone already, the chances of the world's fourth most populous country building a more democratic system.

A chilling audience with Dr Strangelove of Jakarta

IT IS a very long drive up the palm-lined, four-lane avenue to the monolithic headquarters of the Indonesia military just outside Jakarta, and the tension in our car is rising. It is 9.30 in the morning and the five ambassadors from New York are finally to meet face to face the man who wields the real power in this country - and the power to stop the desperate suffering in East Timor. He is Chief General Wiranto.

East Timor Crisis: Save my people, Gusmao tells UN

IN A WINDOWLESS room in the British embassy in Jakarta yesterday, a small man with intense eyes spoke for an hour in terms so clear that his guests could not misunderstand. He was Xanana Gusmao, the East Timor rebel leader, released from house arrest here three days ago. His guests were the ambassadors of the UN Security Council, now on a mission to demand that Jakarta stop the killings in his homeland. Among those present were the Foreign Office minister John Battle and Robin Christopher, the British ambassador.

The puppet leader grants an audience

THE ENVOYS of the United Nations Security Council penetrated the brilliant white walls of the presidential palace in Jakarta shortly before noon yesterday. This was the meeting that mattered. They were to see the head of state, the man ultimately responsible for the bloodbath in East Timor.

Blair warns Indonesia: stop the killing or become pariah

THE PRIME MINISTER, Tony Blair, warned the President of Indonesia, B J Habibie, that his country risks becoming an international pariah if it fails to end the violence in East Timor, amid fresh reports of massacres, destruction and deportations.

Monitor; All the News of the World: International comment on escalating militia violence in East Timor

THE DECLARATION of martial law must be suspected as intended more to gain time than resolve the crisis. Australia should end this dangerous period of uncertainty. It should declare its intention to move troops into East Timor if Indonesia doesn't restore order immediately and if, in that event, the UN Security Council fails to call together urgently a peacekeeping force.

Indonesia on a knife-edge

President Habibie close to resigning UN staff in East Timor plead for help Thousands flee as Dili burns

Timor fighters prepare for civil war

AT THE heart of the East Timor crisis is the question of what to do about Indonesia's military-controlled cleansing operation, and the murderous violence that has swept the territory since last week's vote in favour of independence.

East Timor in turmoil: UN to Jakarta: Quell violence now will urge Jakarta to act violence

A CORE group of five members of the United Nations Security Council, including the British Ambassador, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, was due in Jakarta today in an attempt to persuade the Indonesian gov- ernment to take action to quell the violence that is gutting East Timor.
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