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|Australian FM to hold Timor talks |
(1 day later)
The Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer is heading to East Timor for talks on security.
It follows the escape of more than 50 inmates from a prison in Dili and more unrest in the East Timorese capital.
Australian troops are leading an international peacekeeping effort after serious disturbances broke out in Dili earlier this year.
|East Timor's government has accused the international forces of not providing enough security outside the jail.||East Timor's government has accused the international forces of not providing enough security outside the jail.|
Australia has rejected the allegation and there is likely to be some tough talking in Dili during Mr Downer's visit.
|Some of the fugitives have been recaptured but the vast majority are still on the run.||Some of the fugitives have been recaptured but the vast majority are still on the run.|
|Among them is Major Alfredo Reinado, who is suspected of orchestrating some of the violence that shook East Timor earlier this year.||Among them is Major Alfredo Reinado, who is suspected of orchestrating some of the violence that shook East Timor earlier this year.|
In May he led a group of 600 disaffected soldiers who had been sacked by the government.
They had been dismissed after going on strike complaining of discrimination within the army.
Clashes with loyalist forces caused chaos.
After weeks of relative calm, there has been further gang violence in Dili.
Shots have been fired and serious injuries reported.
Discussions between Mr Downer and senior East Timorese leaders will take place in this increasingly unstable environment.
Details of a new United Nations peacekeeping mission to East Timor will also be on the agenda.
In Dili, Mr Downer will also have talks on terrorism and transnational crime with his Indonesian counterpart Hassan Wirajuda.