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DATE=4/18/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-248254 TITLE=EAST TIMOR MASSACRE BYLINE=JENNY GRANT DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MASSACRE OF UP TO 30 CIVILIANS IN EAST TIMOR THIS WEEKEND. FROM JAKARTA JENNY GRANT REPORTS MILITIAS CONTINUED THEIR TERROR ON SUNDAY. TEXT: 500 PEOPLE GATHERED FOR A PRIVATE MASS, SUNDAY MORNING, IN THE BACKYARD OF THE NOBLE LAUREATE BISHOP OF DILI, CARLOS BELO. BISHOP BELO, WHO WAS VISIBLY UPSET, SAID CERTAIN GROUPS WERE TRYING TO DESTROY EAST TIMOR. IN THE CONGREGATION WERE THE CARRASCALAO FAMILY WHO MOURNED THE LOSS OF THEIR TEENAGE SON DURING A MILITIA ATTACK ON THEIR HOME SATURDAY. POLICE SAY 20 BODIES WERE FOUND INSIDE THE RANSACKED HOUSE. MOST OF THOSE KILLED WERE REFUGEES WHO HAD SOUGHT SHELTER WITH THE FAMILY. RESISTANCE SOURCES SAY AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THE ATACK. THE BODIES ARE BEING GUARDED AT THE WIRAHUSADA MILITARY HOSPITAL IN DILI. JOURNALISTS HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOWED TO ENTER THE HOSPITAL. DEWI FORTUNA ANWAR, SPOKESPERSON FOR PRESIDENT HABIBIE, SAYS THE ATTACK IS THE RESPONSIBILTY OF THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY AUTHORITY IN EAST TIMOR. MS ANWAR SAYS INDONESIA IS STILL COMMITTED TO THE UNITED NATIONS PEACE PROCESS FOR THE TERITORY. FOREIGN MINISTERS FROM INDONESIA AND PORTUGAL WILL MEET IN NEW YORK THIS WEEK TO FINALIZE AN AUTONOMY PACKAGE. DIPLOMATIC SOURCES SAY THE AUTONOMY OFFER MUST CONCENTRATE ON SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS AND DISARMING THE PRO-JAKARTA PARAMILITIARIES. MILITIAS CONTINUED TO CONTROL LARGE PARTS OF DILI SUNDAY, UNHINDERED BY THE MILITARY. ARMED MILITAS ROAMED THROUGH THE EAST DILI SUBURB OF BECORA, FORCING RESIDENTS TO FLEE TO THE NEIGHBORING AREA OF KULUHUM. MILTIAS ALSO SURROUNDED THE HOUSE OF XANANA GUSMAO'S SISTER AND BUSINESSMAN OSCAR LIMA. BOTH ARE ADVOCATES FOR INDEPENDENCE. RESISTANCE SOURCES CHARGE THAT SOME MILITIA MEMBERS ARRIVED IN JAKARTA SUNDAY TO BEGIN CAMPAIGNS OF TERROR AGAINST PRO INDEPEDENCE EAST TIMORESE LIVING IN JAKARTA. (SIGNED) 18-Apr-99 3:21 AM EDT (0721 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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