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DATE=8/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=EAST TIMOR - INDONESIA (L-O) NUMBER=2-252723 BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The Indonesian government has agreed to a plan to reinforce the U-N presence in East Timor. The United Nations is supervising a special autonomy referendum in the disputed territory to determine whether it should become an independent nation. As Patricia Nunan reports from Jakarta, the decision by the Indonesian government comes amid talks with the U- N and East Timor's former colonial ruler, Portugal. TEXT: Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas says the government has agreed to a proposal from U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan to more than double the number of U-N civilian police in East Timor. But Mr. Alatas emphasized the U-N mandate in East Timor has not changed -- and the reinforcements do not represent a peacekeeping force. Mr. Alatas says the number of U-N police could be raised from 280 to 410. The number of military liaison officers will also increase from the 50 presently deployed to about 300. But neither the number nor the date of deployment for the reinforcements has been decided. Top Indonesian officials are meeting with United Nations representatives and East Timor's former colonial ruler Portugal this week in Jakarta. They are discussing the future of East Timor after the autonomy referendum. Human-rights officials and observer groups including the "Carter Center" run by former President Jimmy Carter have made repeated calls for U-N peacekeepers to be deployed in East Timor. They say peacekeepers are necessary to prevent continued violence by pro- Indonesia militia groups in East Timor. Human-rights groups say the militias, which are fighting for East Timor to remain a part of Indonesia, are trying to intimidate voters. The East Timorese people will be asked to decide whether the territory should remain with Indonesia under a special plan for wide-ranging autonomy. If they reject that plan, the Indonesian government says it may grant East Timor independence. The August 30th autonomy referendum is an attempt to bring peace to East Timor after 24-years of bloodshed, which began when Indonesian troops invaded in 1975. (SIGNED) NEB/PN/RAE 12-Aug-1999 10:47 AM EDT (12-Aug-1999 1447 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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