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DATE=5/4/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-248961 TITLE=U-N / TIMOR OVERNIGHTER (L - ONLY) BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDONESIA AND PORTUGAL ARE SCHEDULED TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT ON EAST TIMOR TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) THAT WILL ALLOW THE TERRITORY'S 800 THOUSAND RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON THEIR FUTURE. V-O-A'S UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON REPORTS. TEXT: THE AGREEMENT ESTABLISHES THE TERMS FOR A U-N-ORGANIZED VOTE IN EAST TIMOR, SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST EIGHTH, ON THE ISSUE OF AUTONOMY. IF VOTERS APPROVE THE AUTONOMY PROPOSAL, EAST TIMOR WILL BE CONSIDERED A PART OF INDONESIA, WITH WIDE-RANGING AUTONOMY. IF THE PROPOSAL IS REJECTED, PREPARATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN TO GIVE EAST TIMOR INDEPENDENCE. EAST TIMOR WAS A PORTUGUESE TERRITORY UNTIL 1975 WHEN IT WAS INVADED BY INDONESIA. IT HAS EXPERIENCED REGULAR CLASHES BETWEEN SEPARATISTS AND THE INDONESIAN MILITARY SINCE THAT TIME. INDONESIA REFUSED TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF INDEPENDENCE UNTIL JANUARY THIS YEAR, WHEN IT SAID IT WOULD ALLOW SUCH A MOVE, IF SUPPORTED BY PUBLIC OPINION IN THE TERRITORY. UNDER THE U-N-BROKERED AGREEMENT, TO BE SIGNED WEDNESDAY BY THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF INDONESIA AND PORTUGAL, ABOUT 600 U-N CIVILIAN PERSONNEL WILL BE SENT TO THE TERRITORY TO HELP PREPARE FOR THE AUGUST AUTONOMY POLL. INDONESIA HAS REJECTED SUGGESTIONS THAT A U-N PEACEKEEPING FORCE BE DEPLOYED IN THE TERRITORY. BUT IT HAS AGREED TO WORK WITH U-N CIVILIAN POLICE ADVISORS. DIPLOMATS SAY UP TO 250 POLICE ADVISORS COULD BE SENT TO THE TERRITORY. SEPARATIST GROUPS ARE HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS OF THE EXISTING SECURITY PERSONNEL IN EAST TIMOR, AND CLAIM THEY HAVE ENCOURAGED VIOLENCE BY PRO-INDONESIA MILITIAS OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS. U-N OFFICIALS SAY PRO-INDONESIA MILITIAS, OPPOSED TO INDEPENDENCE, POSE THE GREATEST THREAT TO SECURITY CONDITIONS DURING THE RUN-UP TO THE AUGUST POLL. ONE OF EAST TIMOR'S PRO-INDEPENDENCE LEADERS, JOSE RAMOS-HORTA, SAYS HE EXPECTS VIOLENCE TO CONTINUE UNLESS PRO-JAKARTA MILITIAS ARE DISARMED AND THE INDONESIAN ARMY PRESENCE IN THE TERRITORY IS REDUCED TO ONE-THOUSAND SOLDIERS. (SIGNED) NEB/UN/MPR/JO 04-May-99 5:19 PM EDT (2119 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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