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Thursday, 17 February, 2000, 16:33 GMT
The trials of East Timor: Special report




End of a nightmare
The end of Indonesian rule in East Timor was as traumatic as its beginning 24 years ago. Catherine Napier asks what lessons have been learnt.


  • Analysis: Long road to recovery


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    Key figures



    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





    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



    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.





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