More than a thousand heavily armed troops – mostly from Australia and New Zealand - took up key positions in the East Timor capital Dili today. They dug in for a first night as the militias, who have laid waste to the city, indicated they have not given up the first against independence. There are also fears for the safety of up to 200,000 Timorese refugees who have fled to camps in the west of the territory.

Peacekeeping troops began to establish a base in the territory's capital, Dili, after being flown in earlier today. It was reported that the soldiers encountered no opposition from Indonesian troops or pro-Jakarta militias. The commander of the peacekeeping force, Major General Peter Cosgrove, praised the behaviour of the Indonesian military. Australian officers who are leading the force say more than 2,000 troops will be in East Timor by the end of today.