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DATE=5/8/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249118 TITLE=EAST TIMOR / SECURITY / L-O BYLINE=JENNY GRANT DATELINE=DILI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE UNITED NATIONS' CHIEF POLICE ADVISOR ARRIVED IN EAST TIMOR, SATURDAY, TO ASSESS SECURITY PREPARATIONS FOR A BALLOT ON SPECIAL AUTONOMY. FROM THE EAST TIMOR CAPITAL, DILI, JENNY GRANT REPORTS PRO-INDONESIA MILITIA GROUPS HANDED OVER WEAPONS TO THE MILITARY BUT HAVE PLEDGED TO KEEP FIGHTING. TEXT: U-N CHIEF POLICE ADVISOR O-M RATHOR SAYS TIME TO PLAN FOR THE POLICE MISSION IS SHORT. IN THE AUGUST EIGHTH BALLOT, EAST TIMORESE WILL VOTE WHETHER TO ACCEPT OR REJECT AN AUTONOMY PROPOSAL TO STAY WITHIN THE INDONESIAN NATION. MR. RATHOR SAYS SECURITY FOR THE BALLOT IS ESSENTIAL. // RATHOR ACTUALITY // WE HAVE TO SEE THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DIRECT BALLOT AND WHAT SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE. THE MAIN ROLE WE WILL TRY TO ASSEMBLE SOME SENIOR OFFICERS -- COMPETENT ONES FROM DIFFERENT NATIONS -- TO ADVISE THE LOCAL POLICE. // END ACTUALITY// MR. RATHOR -- WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY WORKED ON U-N POLICE MISSIONS IN THE BALKANS -- SAYS THERE WILL BE ABOUT 250 POLICE. HE SAYS IT IS STILL IT HAS NOT BEEN DECIDED WHETHER MEMBERS OF THE CONTINGENT WILL CARRY WEAPONS. THERE ARE ALREADY 10 U-N STAFF IN EAST TIMOR, LOOKING AT LOGISTICAL AND SECURITY PREPARATIONS FOR THE BALLOT. AUSTRALIA'S AMBASSADOR TO INDONESIA -- JOHN MCCARTHY, WHO HAS BEEN IN EAST TIMOR FOR THREE DAYS -- SAYS THE UNITED NATIONS TASK IS TOUGH, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE SMALL SIZE OF THE CONTINGENT. AROUND 600 U-N PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE HERE FOR THE AUGUST BALLOT. MR. MCCARTHY SAYS FEELINGS ARE RUNNING HIGH IN EAST TIMOR AND THE UNITED NATIONS HAS ONLY A SHORT TIME TO PREPARE. BUT HE POINTS TO NAMIBIA AND CAMBODIA AS EXAMPLES OF WHERE THERE U-N TASK FORCES HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BE A POSITIVE FACTOR, UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES. AS BOTH OFFICIALS WERE DISCUSSING SECURITY, PRO -INDONESIA MILITIA GROUPS SYMBOLICALLY HANDED OVER TRADITIONAL WEAPONS TO THE POLICE IN LIQUICA -- 38 KILOMETERS WEST OF DILI. AT THE PARAMILITARY RALLY IN LIQUICA, A CROWD OF THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE CHEERED AS MILITIAS GAVE POLICE 32 OF THEIR CRUDELY-MADE SHOTGUNS AND PISTOLS. SOME OF THE HOMEMADE WEAPONS HAD BARRELS ATTACHED WITH GAFFER TAPE AND ROPE. // GUTERRES ACTUALITY, IN AND UNDER // MILITIA LEADER EURICO GUTERRES SAYS HE HOPES THE SYMBOLIC HANDOVER IS A WAY OF MAKING PEACE. HE SAYS HE WANTS THE PRO-INDEPENDENCE GUERRILLAS TO HAND OVER THE GUNS THAT THEY HAVE. HE PLEDGED FIGHTING WOULD CONTINUE, IF THE GUERRILLAS DO NOT BEGIN TO DISARM. // REST OPTIONAL // JUST WEEKS AGO, MR GUTERRES LED A MILITIA ATTACK ON A CHURCH IN LIQUICA, WHICH KILLED MORE THAN 30 REFUGEES SEEKING SHELTER. IN THE FOLLOWING WEEKS HIS MEN KILLED ANOTHER 30 PEOPLE IN A MASSACRE IN THE CAPITAL, DILI,. THE CONFLICTING GROUPS SIGNED A PEACE ACCORD AFTER THE LAST ATTACK, BUT -- SINCE THEN -- A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS. ANALYSTS SAY, WITH THE INDONESIAN MILITARY BACKING THE PRO-JAKARTA MILITIAS, IT MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR THE UNITED NATIONS CONTINGENT TO ENFORCE THE PEACE ESSENTIAL FOR THE BALLOT. (SIGNED) NEB / WD / WD 08-May-99 7:18 AM EDT (1118 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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