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Australia calls for Timor healing

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has visited East Timor to appeal for political reconciliation to end two weeks of unrest. He urged rival factions to lay down their arms and join negotiations. He also called on the United Nations to play a bigger role, emphasising the need for a UN-controlled police force, The UN scaled back operations after East Timor became an independent nation in 2002 following a 1999 referendum. Full Story

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