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DATE=5/10/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249195 TITLE=U-N / TIMOR (L - ONLY) BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE UNITED NATIONS SAYS IT IS PREPARING TO DEPLOY MORE THAN 600 STAFF IN EAST TIMOR BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH TO ASSIST WITH THE TERRITORY'S UPCOMING AUTONOMY POLL. MORE FROM OUR U-N CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON. TEXT: THE DIRECTOR OF THE U-N ASIA-PACIFIC DIVISION, FRANCESC VENDRELL, SAYS PLANNING IS WELL UNDERWAY FOR THE POLL, WHICH WAS FORMALLY AGREED TO LAST WEEK BY INDONESIA AND PORTUGAL. HE SAYS ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS IS TO DEPLOY ABOUT 600 U-N STAFF IN THE FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONY, WHICH WAS INVADED BY INDONESIA IN 1975. /// VENDRELL ACT /// THAT WOULD CONSIST OF APPROXIMATELY 600 INTERNATIONAL STAFF, 400 OF WHICH WOULD IN ALL LIKELIHOOD BE REGISTRATION AND POLLING OFFICERS, TWO PER POLLING STATION. PLUS ABOUT 15 TO 18 CORE STAFF INCLUDING POLITICAL CIVILIAN ADVISORS TO THE MISSION. THE HEAD OF MISSION SHOULD HOPEFULLY BE DEPLOYED AROUND THE 20TH OF MAY. AND AN UNDETERMINED NUMBER OF CIVILIAN POLICE SHOULD BE THERE BY THE MIDDLE OF JUNE AS WELL. /// END ACT /// MR. VENDRELL SAYS THE EXACT NUMBER OF CIVILIAN POLICE ADVISORS IS STILL BEING WORKED OUT IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT. UNDER THE AGREEMENT SIGNED BY PORTUGAL AND INDONESIA, EAST TIMOR'S 800 THOUSAND RESIDENTS WILL VOTE AUGUST EIGHTH ON A PROPOSED PLAN THAT WOULD GIVE THE TERRITORY WIDE-RANGING AUTONOMY UNDER INDONESIAN RULE. REJECTION OF THAT PROPOSAL, WHICH DIPLOMATS SAY IS LIKELY, WILL BE SEEN AS A VOTE IN FAVOR OF INDEPENDENCE FOR THE TERRITORY. INDONESIA WAS LONG OPPOSED TO EAST TIMOR'S INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT BUT ALTERED ITS POLICY EARLY THIS YEAR AND SAID IT WOULD ALLOW IT. SEPARATIST GROUPS IN EAST TIMOR SAY THE U-N PRESENCE DURING THE POLL IS CRUCIAL, AS THEY EXPECT PRO-JAKARTA GROUPS -- OPPOSED TO INDEPENDENCE -- TO USE VIOLENCE TO UPSET THE VOTE. THE UNITED NATIONS HAS REJECTED CALLS BY SEPARATIST LEADERS FOR DEPLOYMENT OF A U-N PEACEKEEPING FORCE. IT HAS OFFERED TO SEND CIVILIAN POLICE ADVISORS INSTEAD. THE ADVISORS WILL WORK WITH AND MONITOR LOCAL SECURITY FORCES. DIPLOMATS ESTIMATE THERE WILL BE APPROXIMATELY ONE U-N POLICE ADVISOR FOR EVERY 10 INDONESIAN SECURITY OFFICERS. (SIGNED) NEB/UN/MPR/LSF 10-May-99 2:32 PM EDT (1832 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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