efe-epaBy Rocío Otoya. Sydney, Australia

Australian general Peter Cosgrove had landed in Dili, the capital of Timor Leste, in order to restore peace in the former Portuguese colony in Southeast Asia.

A humanitarian crisis had unraveled in violent opposition of Jakarta and pro-Indonesia militias to the territory, also known as East Timor, voting for independence in the United Nations-backed referendum on Aug. 30, 1999. The referendum began the process that eventually brought an end to 24 years of Indonesian occupation. EFE-EPA