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DATE=7/17/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251905 TITLE=ACEH-EAST TIMOR / WRAP (L-ONLY) BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: IN INDONESIA'S NORTHERN PROVINCE OF ACEH, GUERRILLA SEPARATISTS ARE SUSPECTED OF KILLING THREE GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS AND INJURING 10 OTHERS IN A GUN BATTLE EARLY MONDAY. IT IS THE LATEST INCIDENT IN A WAVE OF VIOLENCE IN ACEH. MEANWHILE IN EAST TIMOR -- ANOTHER INDEPENDENCE-SEEKING PROVINCE IN INDONESIA -- U-N OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE PLEASED WITH THE WAY VOTER REGISTRATION FOR AN AUTONOMY REFERENDUM IS PROCEEDING -- DESPITE SOME INTIMIDATION TACTICS. PATRICIA NUNAN REPORTS FROM JAKARTA. TEXT: LOCAL HEALTH WORKERS SAY AN INDONESIAN ARMY PATROL WAS CAUGHT IN AN AMBUSH BY SUSPECTED REBELS, 60 KILOMETERS WEST OF ACEH'S REGIONAL CAPITAL, LHOUKSEUMAOWE. INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES SAY THE REBELS RETREATED INTO THE JUNGLE AFTER THE DEADLY SKIRMISH. AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN ACEH IN A WEEK OF CLASHES BETWEEN THE INDONESIAN MILITARY AND SEPARATIST GUERRILLAS. // OPT // THE GOVERNMENT BLAMES THE REBELS FOR THE PROVOCATIONS. SEPARATIST LEADERS SAY THE INDONESIAN MILITARY IS CARRYING OUT THE ATTACKS IN ORDER TO DISCREDIT THE "FREE ACEH MOVEMENT." // END OPT // MONTHS OF VIOLENCE IN ACEH HAVE PROMPTED MORE THAN 82 THOUSAND PEOPLE TO FLEE THEIR VILLAGES FOR THE SAFETY OF MOSQUES, REFUGEE CAMPS AND GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS. HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS BLAME THE INDONESIAN MILITARY FOR MORE THAN TWO-THOUSAND DEATHS AND DISAPPEARANCES IN ACEH SINCE IT UNDERTOOK A MISSION TO CRUSH A SEPARATIST REBELLION IN 1989. THEY SAY THE MILITARY'S MISTREATMENT OF CIVILIANS HAS FUELED CALLS FOR ACEH'S INDEPENDENCE. MEANWHILE IN THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF EAST TIMOR, UNITED NATIONS OFFICIALS SAY PRO-INDONESIA MILITIA GROUPS ARE USING THREATS AND INTIMIDATION IN AN EFFORT TO DISRUPT VOTER REGISTRATION FOR NEXT MONTH'S AUTONOMY REFERENDUM. BUT U-N OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE LARGELY PLEASED WITH THE WAY VOTER REGISTRATION HAS BEEN PROCEEDING SINCE IT OPENED ON FRIDAY. // OPT // THE U-N SUPERVISED AUTONOMY REFERENDUM IS INTENDED TO END MORE THAN TWO DECADES OF BLOODSHED IN EAST TIMOR BY ASKING THE PEOPLE TO DECIDE IF THE TERRITORY SHOULD REMAIN A PART OF INDONESIA UNDER A WIDE-RANGING AUTONOMY PLAN, OR PUSH FOR FULL INDEPENDENCE. // END OPT // ATTACKS AND THREATS BY PRO-INDONESIA MILITIA GROUPS ALREADY PROMPTED THE UNITED NATIONS TO DELAY VOTER REGISTRATION BY THREE DAYS AND THE AUTONOMY REFERENDUM ITSELF BY TWO WEEKS. (SIGNED) NEB/PN/GC/JO/PLM 17-Jul-99 6:26 AM EDT (1026 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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