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DATE=6/18/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250804 TITLE=EAST TIMOR / VIOLENCE (L-ONLY) BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN EAST TIMOR SAYS IT HAS WITNESSED INDONESIAN SOLDIERS WORKING WITH A PRO-JAKARTA MILITIA GROUP USING VIOLENCE TO INTIMIDATE THOSE WHO SUPPORT INDEPENDENCE FOR THE TERRITORY. AS PATRICIA NUNAN REPORTS FROM JAKARTA, THE UNITED NATIONS SAYS THE VIOLENCE COULD POSE AN OBSTACLE TO THE SUCCESSFUL HOLDING OF A REFERENDUM ON THE TERRITORY'S POLITICAL FUTURE PLANNED FOR AUGUST. TEXT: U-N MISSION CHIEF IAN MARTIN (FRIDAY) SAYS THE MILITIA GROUP -- ARMED WITH MACHETES -- LOOTED HOUSES IN LEOTELA VILLAGE, 20 MILES WEST OF THE PROVINCIAL CAPITAL DILI, THEN SET THEM ON FIRE. THE MILITIA ALSO ASSAULTED AN OLD MAN. THE UNITED NATIONS IDENTIFIED THE GROUP AS "BESIH MERAH PUTIH" OR "RED AND WHITE IRON" -- ONE OF SEVERAL PRO-JAKARTA MILITIAS FIGHTING TO KEEP EAST TIMOR PART OF INDONESIA. VIOLENT ATTACKS BY THE PRO-INDONESIA MILITIAS HAVE RISEN SINCE JANUARY, WHEN THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED IT WOULD CONSIDER GRANTING EAST TIMOR INDEPENDENCE -- IF THE PEOPLE REJECT A SPECIAL AUTONOMY PLAN ALLOWING THE TERRITORY TO REMAIN UNDER INDONESIAN SOVEREIGNTY . A REFERENDUM ON THE FATE OF EAST TIMOR WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST EIGHTH. THE PLAN COULD BRING AN END TO MORE THAN TWO DECADES OF BLOODSHED IN TERRITORY -- WHICH BEGAN WHEN THE INDONESIAN MILITARY INVADED THE FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONY IN 1975. MR. MARTIN SAYS THE UNITED NATIONS WILL TAKE ITS REPORT OF THE INCIDENTS TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE INDONESIAN MILITARY. HE SAYS ANY DECISION ABOUT DELAYING THE REFERENDUM DUE TO SECURITY CONCERNS WOULD BE MADE AT U-N HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK.(SIGNED) NEB/PN/GC/JO 18-Jun-99 5:53 AM EDT (0953 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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