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Wednesday, November 3, 1999 Published at 10:51 GMT


The trials of East Timor: Special report



End of a nightmare
Twenty-four years after Indonesia invaded East Timor, the last Indonesian soldiers have left. But, writes Catherine Napier, the territory's long-term security may depend on the success of Indonesia's democracy.

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Key figures


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The role of Xanana Gusmao
Many East Timorese are hoping the charismatic rebel leader can make the transition from rebel fighter to leader of an independent East Timor.

"Indonesia has proved it does not want to end the violence" - Xanana Gusmao
From the archive (1996): BBC News reports on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Bishop Belo and Jose Ramos Horta


The world intervenes


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The military challenge
Defence Correspondent Mark Laity looks at the military risks facing the Australian-led intervention force and its prospects for success.

Correspondent Clive Myrie sees a Gurkha patrol respond to militia firing


After the vote


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Dili: Back to year zero
"As we left, driving past the evidence of this orgy of violence, the soldiers laughed and grinned" - Matt Frei reports from East Timor's capital.

Jonathan Head reports on being attacked
"The number of refugees is growing daily" - BBC's Matt Frei


Polling day


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Timor goes to the polls
After 300 years of Portuguese rule and nearly a quarter of a century under Indonesian military occupation, the East Timorese people braved threats of violence to vote on the territory's future: Simon Ingram reports.

At first light, they were on their way to vote - BBC TV news
"The people have been waiting for deliverance" - BBC's Jonathan Head
Listen to the song "Hakotu Ba" (Please Decide) by East Timorese group Lahane - commissioned by the UN to persuade East Timorese to vote.


Indonesia in transition

Indonesia's Flashpoint


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In this section

The trials of East Timor: Special report

US warns Indonesian army

The lost world of the Timor rebels

Who makes up the Timor force?

Shadowy militias of East Timor

Analysis: New dawn for Timor?

Analysis: Gusmao's key role

Bishop Belo: Timor's spiritual leader

Indonesia's military - who is in control?

Profile: Timor's exiled leader

Analysis: The fragile archipelago

East Timor on the Web

East Timor: The view from Portugal

Eyewitness: The trials of East Timor

Eyewitness: Timor's day of reckoning

Analysis: Jakarta's long-term concerns