Fierce fighting raged between rival factions for control of Portuguese Timor on Sunday (30 August).?
Fierce fighting raged between rival factions for control of Portuguese Timor on Sunday (30 August).
The left wing Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin) appeared to have gained control of the capital, Dili, but the rival Timor Democratic Union (UDT) still holds the second largest tow, Gaucau, and sections of the eastern and western regions.
Bodies still litter the streets -- stark evidence of the continuing battle.
Meanwhile discussion continues on whether a multi-national Peace keeping force will go to Timor.
Indonesia and Portugal have agreed there should be a peacekeeping authority in which they would be represented, along with Malaysia and Australia. Malaysia has already agreed, but Australian Prime Minister, Cough Whitlam has said his country would not send troops.
Hundreds of people, including women and children are reported to have been killed in the civil war, which has raged for three weeks.
A large scale air-lift of medical supplies started from Darwin on Tuesday (2 September).