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DATE=8/27/1999 DATE=8/27/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=EAST TIMOR / VIOLENCE (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-253171 BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE DATELINE=DILI INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations representative in East Timor is blaming Indonesian authorities for failing to control violence by armed militias who oppose possible separation from Jakarta. Correspondent Nick Simeone reports, the U-N special representative in the disputed territory is repeating demands that Indonesia step up security, following violence in the capital, Dili that left at least five people dead. TEXT: Indonesia is responsible for security for Monday's referendum, but three days before the vote Ian Martin, the senior U-N representative here is not willing to say he is satisfied. //MARTIN ACT// It is crucial here, even at this late stage, concrete and effective steps be taken by Indonesia to control the militias. //END ACT// Still the plan remains to go ahead with Monday's vote, despite repeated outbreaks of violence across East Timor, including a clash Thursday between pro- independence and pro-Jakarta supporters in the capital, Dili. Several journalists were also threatened at gunpoint. The message to Indonesia by the United Nations remains, security needs to be improved. //MARTIN ACT// I can only hope that Indonesia's very keen awareness that the eyes of the world are on East Timor will finally have that effect. //END ACT// Observers say if violence continues it is likely to call into question the validity of Monday's vote. The balloting is widely expected to result in a strong show against autonomy and therefore an endorsement of independence for East Timor, nearly a quarter century after Indonesian troops invaded and annexed the region. More than four hundred thousand people in the disputed territory are set to vote. Western diplomats and human rights organizations accuse the Indonesian military of tacitly backing pro- Jakarta militias, believed responsible for killing and intimidating voters. Weapons are supposed to be put away, but militias still roam the territory fully armed. Indonesia has announced it will release independence leader Xanana Gusmao from house arrest September 15th. His release was part of the agreement between Jakarta the United Nations and East Timor's former colonial ruler, Portugal, that set out terms for Monday's historic referendum. (signed) NEB/NS/GC/FC 27-Aug-1999 02:11 AM LOC (27-Aug-1999 0611 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America . .





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