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DATE=4/21/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-248383 TITLE=EAST TIMOR PEACE ACCORD (L) BYLINE=JENNY GRANT DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: OPPOSING PARTIES IN EAST TIMOR SIGNED A PEACE ACCORD WEDNESDAY TO END THE CONFLICT IN THE TERRITORY. FROM JAKARTA JENNY GRANT REPORTS BOTH SIDES SAY THE AGREEMENT IS A FRAGILE ONE. TEXT: EAST TIMOR'S TWO CATHOLIC BISHOPS OVERSAW THE SIGNING OF THE FIVE POINT PEACE ACCORD IN THE GARDEN AT BISHOP CARLOS BELO'S RESIDENCE IN DILI, EAST TIMOR'S CAPITAL. PRO-INDONESIA MILITIA COMMANDER JOAO TAVARES AND DILI'S REGENT DOMINGOS SOARES SIGNED THE DOCUMENT FOR THE SIDE SUPPORTING INTEGRATION WITH INDONESIA. MR TAVARES' MILITIA MEN ATTACKED A NUMBER OF PRO- INDEPENDENCE HOUSES IN DILI LAST WEEKEND, KILLING UP TO 30 PEOPLE. MANUEL CARRASCALAO AND LIANDRO ISAAC SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE PRO-INDEPENDENCE, NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TIMORESE RESISTANCE. MR. CARRASCALAO'S TEENAGE SON WAS SHOT DEAD WHEN MILITIAS STORMED HIS HOUSE LAST SATURDAY WITNESSES SAY MR. CARRASCALAO AND MR. ISAAC BOTH LOOKED TIRED AND UNDER STRESS AT THE SIGNING CEREMONY. MR. ISAAC AND HIS FAMILY ARE LIVING IN HIDING IN DILI, WHILE MR. CARRASCALAO IS UNDER PROTECTIVE POLICE CUSTODY, STILL FEARING FOR HIS LIFE. ACCORDING TO THE PEACE ACCORD, ALL PARTIES AGREE TO END TERROR AND VIOLENCE IN THE FORMER PORTUGUESE TERRITORY. THE SIGNATORIES PLEDGED TO WORK TOWARDS DISARMAMENT AS THE NEXT STEP. RESISTANCE LEADER XANANA GUSMAO ALSO SIGNED THE AGREEMENT, IN JAKARTA, WHERE HE IS HELD UNDER HOUSE ARREST. THE INDONESIAN ARMED FORCES INFORMATION CENTER SAYS THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT WITH MR GUSMAO'S SIGNATURE WAS FLOWN TO DILI ON A MILITARY PLANE. SOURCES CLOSE TO MR. GUSMAO SAY HE DOES NOT THINK THE PEACE ACCORD WILL HOLD, BUT HE BELIEVES IT IS OF STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE TO THE PEACE PROCESS. PRO- INTEGRATION FIGURES ARE ALSO SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE NEW AGREEMENT. EURICO GUTERRES -- THE LEADER OF THE AITARAK MILITIA IN DILI -- SAYS THE PEACE ACCORD IS NOT VALID BECAUSE THE PRO-INDEPENDENCE FALINTIL GUERRILLAS HAVE NOT SIGNED. HE SAYS HE WILL NOT HAND OVER WEAPONS UNTIL THE GUERRILLAS ARE DISARMED. ARMED FORCES CHIEF GENERAL WIRANTO, EAST TIMOR'S MILITARY CHIEF COLONEL TONO SURATMAN AND THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR ABILIO SOARES WERE AMONG THE OTHER PARTIES SIGNING THE AGREEMENT. CRITICS SAY THE PEACE ACCORD IS A PUBLIC RELATIONS EXERCISE DESIGNED TO MAKE GENERAL WIRANTO APPEAR TO BE IN FIRM CONTROL OF THE THE SITUATION. THE EAST TIMORESE U-D-T POLITICAL PARTY SAYS 30 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THE VILLAGE OF HERA ON TUESDAY, JUST OUTSIDE OF DILI. IN A STATEMENT FROM AUSTRALIA, THE PARTY SAYS PRO-INDONESIAN MILITIAMEN WERE DROPPED INTO HERA USING AN INDONESIAN MILITARY HELICOPTER. NO FURTHER DETAILS WERE GIVEN. WHILE THE SITUATION IN THE TERRITORY REMAINS TENSE, THE FOREIGN MINISTERS FROM PORTUGAL AND INDONESIA WILL MEET IN NEW YORK THIS WEEK TO FINALIZE A SPECIAL AUTONOMY PACKAGE FOR EAST TIMOR. (SIGNED) NEB/JG/FC/PLM 21-Apr-99 2:52 AM EDT (0652 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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