East Timor's Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta said the situation in the capital Dili today was one of uneasy calm.Will the Anti-War people be out protesting about Austrailian and New Zealand "occupation". Maybe if I point out that they have oil. They will march against Bush's cronies.
The army and disgruntled ex-soldiers exchanged fire in gun battles yesterday for a second day running, but Mr Horta said order was holding this morning.
However, he said foreign troops - including a possible deployment from New Zealand - were still required. Australia said its forces could begin arriving there this afternoon.
There has been trouble in the country since five people were killed late last month during a protest by 600 soldiers sacked for desertion. A sixth person was killed on Tuesday.
The conflict has been factionalised and Australia and Portugal are sending troops to help retain peace, the first of which could arrive later today.
On a serious note hopefully this situation will be brought under control and cival war avoided