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DATE=7/20/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251952 TITLE=INDONESIA / EAST TIMOR (L-ONLY) BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: IN THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF EAST TIMOR, THE UNITED NATIONS IS EXPRESSING SATISFACTION WITH THE VOTER REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR A REFERENDUM ON POSSIBLE INDEPENDENCE FROM INDONESIA. MEANWHILE, EAST-TIMORESE INDEPENDENCE LEADER JOSE RAMOS HORTA IS TELLING PRO-INDONESIA GROUPS THERE WILL BE NO RETRIBUTION AGAINST THEM IF THE INDEPENDENCE FACTION WINS THE REFERENDUM. PATRICIA NUNAN REPORTS FROM JAKARTA. TEXT: U-N OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS INCREASING CONFIDENCE IN THE VOTER REGISTRATION PROCESS IN EAST TIMOR. FOR THE FIRST TIME, ALL 200 REGISTRATION CENTERS ACROSS THE TERRITORY WERE OPEN (TUESDAY). IN THE FIRST THREE-DAYS OF REGISTRATION, INCIDENTS OF INTIMIDATION, THREATS, OR JUST FEAR OF VIOLENCE CAUSED SOME SITES TO CLOSE. THE CONFIDENCE MARKS A SHIFT IN TONE FOR UNITED NATIONS OFFICIALS WHO FIRST POSTPONED THE AUTONOMY REFERENDUM BY TWO-WEEKS AND VOTER REGISTRATION BY THREE-DAYS BECAUSE OF CONCERNS ABOUT VIOLENCE BY PRO-INDONESIA MILITIA GROUPS. MEANWHILE, EAST TIMORESE INDEPENDENCE LEADER JOSE RAMOS HORTA IS TELLING THE TERRITORY'S PRO-INDONESIA FACTION THAT INDEPENDENCE GROUPS WILL DO NOTHING TO ENDANGER INDONESIAN INTERESTS IN THE TERRITORY. BOTH EAST TIMOR'S PRO-INDEPENDENCE AND PRO-INDONESIA FACTIONS HAVE VOICED CONCERNS THE WINNER OF THE AUTONOMY REFERENDUM WOULD SEEK RETRIBUTION AGAINST THE LOSER. SPEAKING IN AUSTRALIA, MR. RAMOS-HORTA SAYS IF THE INDEPENDENCE FACTION WINS THE REFERENDUM, INDONESIAN MIGRANTS AND INDONESIAN BUSINESS INTERESTS WILL BE SAFE IN EAST TIMOR. // JOSE RAMOS-HORTA ACT // I WILL DO MY UTMOST TO ENSURE THAT NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TO INDONESIA'S LEGITIMATE INTERESTS IN EAST TIMOR AND GUARD THE WELLBEING, THE SAFETY OF INDONESIAN MIGRANTS IF THEY WANT TO STAY. // END ACT // MR. RAMOS-HORTA IS THE 1996 WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR HIS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE HUMAN RIGHTS IN EAST TIMOR. HE FLED THE FORMER PORTUGUESE TERRITORY IN 1975, JUST DAYS AHEAD OF THE AN INVASION BY INDONESIAN TROOPS. A LOW-INTENSITY CIVIL WAR HAS BEEN FOUGHT IN THE TERRITORY SINCE THEN. THE U-N AUTONOMY REFERENDUM IS INTENDED TO BRING PEACE TO EAST TIMOR BY ALLOWING THE PEOPLE TO VOTE ON WHETHER THE TERRITORY SHOULD REMAIN WITH INDONESIA UNDER A BROAD AUTONOMY PLAN, OR IF IT SHOULD PUSH FOR FULL INDEPENDENCE. (SIGNED) NEB/PN/GC/JO/RAE 20-Jul-99 7:31 AM EDT (1131 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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