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DATE=8/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S / EAST TIMOR (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-252735 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: 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 East Timor. 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) NEB/KBK/WTW 12-Aug-1999 14:51 PM EDT (12-Aug-1999 1851 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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