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DATE=8/10/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N - EAST TIMOR (L - ONLY) NUMBER=2-252659 BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is proposing an increase in U-N police presence in troubled East Timor, amid continuing concerns about the security situation in the former Portuguese colony. Mr. Annan says additional police will be needed to ensure security after a referendum on the territory's future is held later this month. V-O-A's U-N correspondent Max Ruston has the story. TEXT: Mr. Annan is proposing that the U-N police presence in East Timor be increased from its current level of about 280 to more than 450. In a report to the U-N Security Council, Mr. Annan says the additional personnel are needed during the interim phase -- after the ballot -- to help advise local security forces. He says the situation in the territory will be rather delicate. U-N Spokesman Fred Eckhard: /// Eckhard Act /// In the report, the Secretary-General notes that irrespective of the results of the 30th of August popular consultation (autonomy referendum), the U-N will have to redouble its efforts to build confidence and support stability in the territory and reassure all groups, -- in particular those in the minority in the ballot -- that they have a role to play in the future political life in East Timor. ///End Act /// On August 30th, residents of East Timor will be asked to choose between independence and broad autonomy under Indonesian rule. The territory was a Portuguese colony until 1975, when it was invaded and later annexed by Indonesia. Mr. Annan expresses concern about the period between the conclusion of the vote and the start of the implementation of its result. He says stronger security and confidence-building measures will be needed during this period no matter what the outcome of the poll. Those concerns follow regular outbreaks of violence over the last few months. Most of the violence has been blamed on pro-Indonesia militias. Mr. Annan's report says if East Timor chooses independence, arrangements will need to be made for the peaceful and orderly transfer of authority from Indonesia to the United Nations. Pro-independence groups say the United Nations would remain in control for up to three years during a transition to independence. They express confidence that a majority of people will support independence. Indonesia says pro-independence groups are overstating their support. It says predictions about the outcome of the U-N-sponsored poll should not be trusted. (Signed) NEB/MPR/LSF/TVM/JO 10-Aug-1999 16:15 PM EDT (10-Aug-1999 2015 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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