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DATE=6/23/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251009 TITLE=U-N / EAST TIMOR VOTE (L - ONLY) BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN IS POSTPONING THE VOTE ON EAST TIMOR'S FUTURE, BECAUSE OF CONCERNS ABOUT SECURITY IN THE FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONY. THE MOVE IS BEING WELCOMED BY SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS OF INDEPENDENCE FOR THE TERRITORY. V-O-A'S U-N CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON REPORTS. TEXT: IN A REPORT TO THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL, MR. ANNAN SAYS THE CONSULTATION PROCESS AND THE ELECTION SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST EIGHTH SHOULD BE POSTPONED WHILE FURTHER MEASURES ARE TAKEN TO IMPROVE SECURITY CONDITIONS IN EAST TIMOR. U-N SPOKESMAN FRED ECKHARD: /// ECKHARD ACT /// HIS DETERMINATION OF WHETHER CONDITIONS EXIST FOR A FREE AND FAIR BALLOT WILL ALSO BE POSTPONED FOR THREE WEEKS, WHILE THE BALLOTING ITSELF, HE SAYS, WILL BE DELAYED FOR TWO WEEKS. AS REASONS FOR THE THESE CHANGES, THE SECRETARY-GENERAL CITED BOTH SECURITY CONCERNS AND LOGISTICAL PROBLEMS. /// END ACT /// THE REPORT PUTS MOST OF THE BLAME FOR THE SECURITY PROBLEMS ON PRO-JAKARTA GROUPS IN EAST TIMOR. IT SAYS THEY APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN CARRYING OUT ACTS OF VIOLENCE WITH THE ACQUIESCENCE OF ELEMENTS OF THE INDONESIAN ARMY. DIPLOMATS AT THE UNITED NATIONS SAY MR. ANNAN'S DECISION TO POSTPONE THE VOTE, AND HIS REPORT ON EAST TIMOR, ARE INTENDED AS MESSAGES TO INDONESIA THAT IT MUST DO MORE TO PREVENT VIOLENCE IN THE TERRITORY. EAST TIMOR WAS A PORTUGUESE COLONY UNTIL 1975 WHEN IT WAS INVADED BY INDONESIA. IN MAY, INDONESIA AND PORTUGAL SIGNED A U-N-BROKERED AGREEMENT THAT ALLOWS EAST TIMOR'S 800-THOUSAND RESIDENTS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A FUTURE OF INDEPENDENCE OR AUTONOMY UNDER INDONESIAN RULE. SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS OF INDEPENDENCE ARE WELCOMING THE U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL'S DECISION TO POSTPONE THE ELECTION. TIMORESE RESISTANCE LEADER JOSE RAMOS-HORTA -- A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER -- SPOKE TO REPORTERS AT U-N HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK. /// RAMOS-HORTA ACT /// THE DECISION OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL WAS A WISE ONE AND ON OUR SIDE WE CAN LIVE WITH IT. OBVIOUSLY, THE EAST TIMORESE ARE THE FIRST WHO WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE VOTE THE SOONER THE BETTER. BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE CONDITIONS CHANGE ON THE GROUND. /// END ACT /// MR. RAMOS-HORTA WOULD NOT SAY IF HE PLANS TO VISIT EAST TIMOR BEFORE THE POLL. BUT HE SAYS HE WILL VISIT JAKARTA SOON FOR A CONFERENCE ON EAST TIMOR IF INDONESIA GIVES HIM A VISA. MR. RAMOS-HORTA HAS BEEN BARRED FROM INDONESIA AND EAST TIMOR FOR THE LAST 24 YEARS. INDONESIA'S RESPONSE TO MR. ANNAN'S DECISION HAS BEEN MIXED. FOREIGN MINISTER ALI ALATAS SAYS HE IS CONFIDENT SECURITY CONDITIONS WILL IMPROVE IN TIME FOR THE VOTE TO TAKE PLACE AS SCHEDULED. (SIGNED) NEB/UN/MPR/LSF/GM 23-Jun-99 2:33 PM EDT (1833 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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