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DATE=7/5/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251433 TITLE=INDONESIA / EAST TIMOR UPDATE (L-ONLY) BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE HEAD OF INDONESIA'S ARMED FORCES HAS RENEWED A PLEDGE THAT THE MILITARY WILL REMAIN NEUTRAL IN THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF EAST TIMOR. AS PATRICIA NUNAN REPORTS FROM JAKARTA, THE PROMISE COMES AS THE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL ENVOY TO EAST TIMOR SAID RECENT ATTACKS ON U-N WORKERS IN EAST TIMOR COULD FORCE A SECOND DELAY IN A PLANNED AUGUST AUTONOMY REFERENDUM ON THE TERRITORY'S POLITICAL FUTURE. TEXT: INDONESIAN MILITARY CHIEF, GENERAL WIRANTO, MADE HIS PROMISE MONDAY IN A MEETING WITH EAST TIMORESE INDEPENDENCE LEADERS JOSE RAMOS HORTA AND XANANA GUSMAO IN JAKARTA. HE SAYS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SECURITY SITUATION IN EAST TIMOR LIES IN THE HANDS OF THE ARMY AND POLICE. FEARS ARE RISING THE INDONESIAN ARMED FORCES ARE NOT CAPABLE OF OPERATING IN A NEUTRAL MANNER IN EAST TIMOR AFTER SUNDAY'S ATTACK ON A HUMANITARIAN CONVOY. AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE WERE INJURED WHEN A PRO-INDONESIA MILITIA GROUP USED HOME-MADE GUNS AND MACHETES TO ATTACK THE CONVOY NEAR THE TOWN OF LIQUISA -- 40 KILOMETERS WEST OF THE CAPITAL DILI. THE MILITIA GROUP ALSO ATTACKED U-N POLICE OFFICERS AND THEIR HELICOPTER WHEN THEY ARRIVED TO EVACUATE THE WOUNDED. U-N OFFICIALS HAVE STRONGLY CRITICIZED LOCAL POLICE FOR FAILING TO PROTECT U-N PERSONNEL IN A SERIES OF ATTACKS OVER THE LAST WEEK -- CALLING THE LACK OF SECURITY INEXCUSEABLE. IN THE PAST, THE UNITED NATIONS HAS ALSO ACCUSED THE MILITARY OF PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR THE PRO-INDONESIA MILITIAS -- OPPOSED TO INDEPENDENCE. EAST TIMORESE INDEPENDENCE LEADER JOSE RAMOS HORTA SAYS THE CREDIBILITY OF THE INDONESIAN ARMY OR T-N-I IS AT STAKE IF ITS LEADERS CANNOT CONTROL THE MILITIAS IN EAST TIMOR. //HORTA ACT// WE OF COURSE DISCUSSED THE ISSUE OF THE WHOLE CREDIBILITY OF T-N-I, THAT IT IS AT STAKE BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF THE MILITIAS. THE MILITIAS' ACTIONS IN EAST TIMOR ARE IN CONTRAST TO THE POSITION OF THE MINISTER OF DEFENSE, SO IT'S OBVIOUSLY UP TO THE MINISTER OF DEFENSE, T-N-I, TO MAKE SURE THAT ACTION OF THE MILITIAS END SO THAT THE WORD OF A MILITARY PERSON, A MILITARY LEADER CAN BE TRUSTED. //END ACT// SECURITY PROBLEMS IN EAST TIMOR HAVE ALREADY FORCED THE UNITED NATIONS TO DELAY THE AUTONOMY REFERENDUM BY AT LEAST TWO WEEKS. U-N SPECIAL ENVOY JAMSHEED MARKER SAID MONDAY THAT THE SITUATION MAY STILL BE TOO DANGEROUS TO CARRY OUT VOTER REGISTRATION, AND THE REFERENDUM MAY HAVE TO BE DELAYED AGAIN. INDONESIA AGREED TO PROVIDE SECURITY FOR THE AUTONOMY REFERENDUM IN AN AGREEMENT LAST MAY WITH THE UNITED NATIONS AND EAST TIMOR'S FORMER COLONIAL RULER, PORTUGAL. THE REFERENDUM IS INTENDED TO BRING AN END TO 24 YEARS OF FIGHTING IN EAST TIMOR BETWEEN RIVAL PRO-INDONESIA AND PRO-INDEPENDENCE FACTIONS.(SIGNED) NEB/PN/GC/JO/PLM 05-Jul-99 6:48 AM EDT (1048 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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