TITLE=U-S / EAST TIMOR (L-ONLY)
INTRO: The United States has accused Indonesian
officials and anti-independence militia leaders in
East Timor of trying to intimidate voters ahead of the
upcoming independence vote in the territory. From the
State Department, V-O-A's Kyle King reports.
TEXT: U-S officials say they are deeply concerned by
the violence and acts of intimidation that have marked
the run-up to the August 30th vote on independence in
Western diplomats have accused the Indonesian military
of arming and directing anti-independence militias
blamed for a wave of killings, assassinations and
village burnings in the former Portuguese colony.
A statement issued by Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright says it is up to the Indonesian government to
provide security for the vote in East Timor.
Reading from the statement (Thursday), State
Department spokesman James Rubin accused the
government of trying to intimidate voters by warning
that violence might erupt if pro-independence forces
win the vote.
/// RUBIN ACT ///
Indonesian officials and anti-independence
militia leaders have suggested in recent days
that a vote for independence will result in
extensive violence or even civil war. This is
intimidation, or worse. It is unacceptable.
Secretary of State Albright takes this
opportunity to remind all concerned, in the
strongest possible terms, they are obligated to
respect the results of the referendum and
provide genuine security for all East Timorese.
/// END ACT ///
Formal campaigning for the vote begins Saturday
(8/14). Despite the violence and highly charged
atmosphere surrounding the referendum, more than 400-
thousand people have already registered to vote.
Despite the violence and organizational problems, U-N
officials say they expect the referendum to be held on
time. U-S officials say an open and fair vote in East
Timor would open the way for Indonesia to regain its
respect in the international community and renew its
partnership with the United States and other
democratic nations. (Signed)
12-Aug-1999 14:51 PM EDT (12-Aug-1999 1851 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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