INTERFET OPERATIONAL REPORT
Story by CAPT John Toohey
INTERFET's Australian elements yesterday moved swiftly to protect the people of East Timor situated in the Enclave.
East Timorese displaced people continued to return to East timor during the past week. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates the total number of returnees is now in excess of 72,000.
The wet season has now begun in East Timor, affecting both air and road mobility. The heavy rains have prioritised the need for stores to enable the continuing construction of camp accommodation. Due to the heavy rains, Interfet engineers are working to repair the road south of Balibo and this route is expected to re-open in the next day or two. Also, the airfield at Suai is being lengthened to support larger aircraft to enable more supplies to be flown into this area.
Yesterday seven air sorties were conducted into East Timor. Meanwhile the Australian heavy landing ship, HMAS Tobruk and the Canadian ship, HMSC Protecteur, continue unloading at Suai and will later return to Dili.
Yesterday seven air sorties were conducted
into East Timor. Meanwhile the Australian heavy landing ship, HMAS Tobruk
and the Canadian ship, HMSC Protecteur, continue unloading at Suai and
will later return to Dili.
Troops from the Republic of Korea have begun humanitarian assistance in the port town of Com. They have also repaired the hospital generator and fresh water pumps in Los Palos.
A UNHCR (United Nations High Commission Refugees) delegation is expected to arrive in East Timor soon to assist into alleged human rights violations.
Yesterday, a ship from Kupang and two landing
craft from Atapupu arrived in Dili carrying nearly 1300 returnees. Staff
from the UN High Commission for Refugees estimate that to date, nearly
37,000 East Timorese have returned home.
Following the departure of the TNI/POLRI from Dili, Interfet troops secured the vacated facilities. There has been no increase in the number of Interfet troops deployed in East Timor. There are currently about 9,300, including 4,100 personnel from coalition partners.
By 10 AM yesterday, all declared TNI/POLRI forces and Government of Indonesia representatives had left East Timor. Interfet provided security for the departing personnel to ensure an orderly end to the Indonesian military role in East Timor. Interfet also provided support for a religious procession, watched by a crowd of about 40,000, in Dili yesterday.
INTERFET forces maintain a presence throughout the entire mandated area of East Timor.
Interfet's Construction Engineer Regiment is continuing to improve roads and airfields in preparation for the monsoon season. Interfet forces are also continuing their security and support to humanitarian operations, particularly in the Ambeno/Oecussi enclave and western regencies. The international community's aid effort has now reached the enclave.
Interfet maintains a presence throughout the entire mandated area of East Timor and continues to provide support to humanitarian operations, particularly in the Ambeno/Oecussi enclave and western regions. The international Community's aid effort has now reached the enclave.
The United Nations has established the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor.(UNTAET) which is empowered to exercise all legislative and executive authority in East Timor. Although UNTAET's mandate extends to 31 January 2001, the peacekeeping force is expected to be in country for up to three years. Sergio Viera de Mello from Brazil has been appointed to head the transitional administration. The security element of UNTAET will comprise over 1600 police, almost 9000 military troops and up to 200 military observers.
At 5 am today, Friday, multi-national elements of INTERFET successfully landed it Ambeno to provide security for people in the Enclave and to pave the way for the delivery of humanitarian aid.
The UN Security Council has approved a UN operation to lead East Timor to independence. Sergio Viera de Mello of Brazil has been appointed to head the transitional administration.
INTERFET forces have now established a presence throughout the entire United Nations mandated area. Security operations are ongoing, particularly in the Western regions of East Timor.
INTERFET continues to maintain a presence throughout the entire mandated area of East Timor. INTERFET forces continue their security operations, particularly in the Ambeno/Ocussi enclave and western areas. The prepositioning of stores to support the Ocussi activity has been completed.
With the successful landing at Ambeno yesterday and lodgement of troops in the Enclave, INTERFET has now established a presence throughout the entire mandated area. This was accomplished one month after the first INTERFET elements landed in Dili.
Interfet forces continue to expand their operations in East Timor. Security operations are continuing, particularly in the western regions.
The Indonesian Parliament yesterday endorsed East Timor's independence vote and elected Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) as President. It is expected that the Vice President will be elected today.