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DATE=8/11/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDONESIA-TIMOR (L) NUMBER=2-252674 BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Election monitors from the Carter Center, headed by former U-S President Jimmy Carter, have accused the Indonesian government of trying to undermine this month's United Nations autonomy referendum in East Timor. As Patricia Nunan reports from Jakarta, the comments come as top U-N and Indonesian officials meet to discuss the referendum and East Timor's future after the vote. Text: Carter Center observers in East Timor say the Indonesian military and police are continuing to back the militia groups, which are fighting to keep East Timor a part of Indonesia. The Carter Center accuses the militias of ignoring an anti-violence code and stepping up a campaign of pre-referendum violence and terror across East Timor. In its statement, released Wednesday, the Carter Center also warns warns of more violence if the East Timorese reject Indonesia's offer of autonomy. The Carter Center observer group is one of several such organizations that are in East Timor to monitor the UN-supervised autonomy referendum, to be held on August 30th. Voters will choose whether to accept or reject the Indonesian government proposal, which would allow the territory some special rights, while officially integrating it as an Indonesian province. If the plan is rejected, the government says it will consider granting East Timor full independence. The U-N Special Representative for East Timor, Jamsheed Marker is in the Indonesian capital Jakarta for two days of meetings on East Timor with senior government officials. Mr. Marker says the potential for violence in the aftermath of the referendum is one of the top issues being raised by both pro-Indonesia and pro- independence leaders. /// MARKER ACT /// After the ballot the situation will be a very very important one which is one of the reasons why we're here to discuss it. And what measures have to be taken, whatever may be the result of the ballot. ///END ACT /// An Indonesian Foreign Ministry official says Indonesia would be willing to maintain security in East Timor after the vote. But human rights leaders say the Indonesian military is not neutral and they are calling for deployment of a U-N peacekeeping force. The autonomy referendum is intended to help bring peace to East Timor, which has been wracked by more than two decades of fighting since the Indonesian military invaded in 1975.(Signed) NEB/PN/FC/PLM 11-Aug-1999 06:02 AM EDT (11-Aug-1999 1002 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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