APSNet Semi-Weekly Bulletin, July 27, 2006

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APSNet for 20060727

Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)

Bi-weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.

Thursday 27 July 2006

  1. Lebanon: Australian Troops Ordered Out
  2. Afghanistan: 100 Diggers to Reinforce Mission
  3. East Timor: Lobato Retracts Admission He Armed Hit Squad
  4. East Timor: UN Efforts Amount to Castles in the Air
  5. Britain and UN Dance to the US Tune
  6. China Finds Fault over Treatment of Aborigines
  7. Distrustful, Unco-operative Canberra Goes Quiet in a Crisis
  8. Australia: Beazley Ditches Uranium Mine Ban
  1. Australian Troops Ordered Out, Jane Holroyd, Age, 2006-07-27

    Twelve Australian soldiers attached to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon are to be withdrawn. Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said the decision was due to the dangers of the ongoing war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas, which resulted in the death this week of four UN observers.

  2. 100 Diggers to Reinforce Mission, Australian, 2006-07-27

    An extra 100 troops are expected go to Afghanistan to protect Australia’s reconstruction taskforce amid concerns about deteriorating security. Cabinet’s national security committee will sign off on the size of the Afghanistan taskforce next month. It was initially expected to be about 240 strong, with about half being army engineers and tradespeople. Now, 100 more soldiers will be sent to bolster security.

  3. Lobato Retracts Admission He Armed Hit Squad, Lindsay Murdoch, SMH, 2006-07-26

    East Timor’s former interior minister, Rogerio Lobato, during closed court hearings in Dili on June 22 and July 1 admitted that he armed civilian Timorese. But five days after the July 1 hearing, Lobato’s lawyers reportedly prepared documents denying the allegations and claiming that he was coerced by Australian soldiers into making false declarations in court. A defence spokesman denied the allegations.

  4. UN Efforts Amount to Castles in the Air, Morgan Mellish, AFR*, 2006-07-26

    Nearly $US1 billion of foreign aid has flooded into East Timor since it won independence from Indonesia in 1999. Yet the efforts of the UN, which at one point had 11,000 staff here, and other foreign organisations, have amounted to nothing. Many of the measurable indicators – including per capita gross domestic product, levels of health and education, even life expectancy – have fallen.
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