Monday, September 20, 1999 Published at 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK
Picture gallery: Peacekeepers go in
The first Hercules transport plane carrying United Nations-backed peacekeeping troops into East Timor touched down at Dili airport at shortly after sunrise.
The first peacekeepers were given 20 minutes to leave the aircraft and take up positions.
As the first Hercules left the airport to return to Darwin, northern Australia, the platoons fanned out, securing the area.
Indonesian soldiers looked on as troops delivered equipment.
Members of the UK's elite Special Boat Service, the seabound equivalent of the SAS, were among the first troops in.
A top priority was securing Dili's harbour, essential for massive deliveries of urgently-needed aid for refugees.
Troops came face-to-face with members of the militias. Some offered no resistance and readily gave up their weapons.
But with militias still roaming the city and other areas of the territory, the mission is expected to be long and difficult.