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DATE=5/5/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249021 TITLE=EAST TIMOR / RESOLUTION (L-ONLY) BYLINE=CANDACE WILLIAMS DATELINE=WASHINGTON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDONESIA AND PORTUGAL HAVE SIGNED AN ACCORD ON EAST TIMOR, PLEDGING TO LET THE PEOPLE OF THE FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONY DECIDE THEIR FUTURE POLITICAL STATUS IN A REFERENDUM IN THREE MONTHS' TIME. IN THE MEANTIME, THERE ARE CONTINUING CONCERNS ABOUT VIOLENCE IN EAST TIMOR. IN WASHINGTON, A GROUP OF U-S SENATORS WANTS PRESIDENT CLINTON TO PRESS INDONESIA TO DISARM PARAMILITARY GROUPS IN EAST TIMOR. V-O-A'S CANDACE WILLIAMS HAS MORE. TEXT: SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY HAS SPONSORED A RESOLUTION CALLING ON THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS TO END THE VIOLENCE IN EAST TIMOR. HE SAYS SENATORS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN VIOLENCE IN THE TERRITORY SINCE JANUARY, WHEN INDONESIA'S PRESIDENT B-J HABIBIE ANNOUNCED HE WAS WILLING TO CONSIDER INDEPENDENCE FOR THE TERRITORY. SENATOR LEAHY SAYS MILITIAS OPPOSED TO EAST TIMOR'S INDEPENDENCE, BACKED BY MEMBERS OF THE INDONESIAN MILITARY, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UNREST. HE WARNS THEY MAY TRY TO SABOTAGE THE REFERENDUM SET FOR AUGUST (EIGHTH). /// LEAHY ACT /// THE MILITIAS ARE SOWING CHAOS AND TERROR. FAR STRONGER STEPS ARE NEEDED BY THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY TO REIGN IN THE PARAMILITARY GROUPS. THE [SENATE] RESOLUTION CALLS ON OUR PRESIDENT AND OUR SECRETARY OF STATE TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS TO URGE THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY TO DISARM THE PARAMILITARY GROUPS. THAT HAS TO BE DONE. /// END ACT /// IF VOTERS IN EAST TIMOR CHOOSE AUTONOMY IN THE AUGUST VOTE, THE JAKARTA GOVERNMENT SAYS THE TERRITORY WILL BE CONSIDERED PART OF INDONESIA. BUT IF THE PROPOSAL IS REJECTED -- AS EXPECTED -- INDONESIA HAS PROMISED TO REVERSE ITS ANNEXATION OF EAST TIMOR AND ALLOW THE REGION TO BECOME INDEPENDENT. // OPT // INDONESIA INVADED EAST TIMOR IN 1975 AND ANNEXED IT THE FOLLOWING YEAR. // END OPT // SENATOR RUSS FEINGOLD, ANOTHER SPONSOR OF THE U-S SENATE RESOLUTION, SAYS HE HOPES UNREST IN EAST TIMOR DOES NOT DERAIL THE REFERENDUM. /// FEINGOLD ACT /// WE URGE THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT AND THE MILITARY TO DISARM AND DISBAND THE ANTI-INDEPENDENCE MILITIAS AND ALLOW FULL ACCESS TO EAST TIMOR BY INTERNATIONAL MONITORS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE CLIMATE IN EAST TIMOR TODAY, SADLY, MAY -- AT LEAST AS OF THIS MOMENT -- BECOME TOO VIOLENT FOR A LEGITIMATE BALLOT TO TAKE PLACE. ... SO EVEN AS WE CELEBRATE THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE ON THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT, WE CAN NOT FORGET THAT HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS MAY HAVE BEEN KILLED, WOUNDED, OR MAY HAVE DISAPPEARED IN SEPARATE MILITIA ATTACKS DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL ALONE. /// END ACT /// THE SENATE RESOLUTION SAYS ANY AGREEMENT TO SELL OR TRANSFER MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO INDONESIA SHOULD STATE THAT THE SUPPLIES WILL NOT BE USED IN EAST TIMOR. LAWMAKERS SAY THEY DO NOT WANT U-S EQUIPMENT ENDING UP IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO JEOPARDIZE THE AUGUST REFERENDUM. (SIGNED) NEB/CAW/WTW 05-May-99 8:44 PM EDT (0044 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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