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DATE=8/28/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=EAST TIMOR / SATURDAY / L NUMBER=2-253214 BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE DATELINE=DILI INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: At least four more people have been killed in violence in East Timor linked to Monday's United Nations-supervised referendum on whether the 800 thousand residents of the disputed territory want to remain part of Indonesia. Correspondent Nick Simeone has the latest on what has been a violent run-up to the vote. TEXT: These last few days before Monday's referendum are supposed to be a cooling-off period, bringing an end to campaigning by groups for and against independence. But,the United Nations says villages and towns outside East Timor's capital are still being terrorized by anti-independence militias who do not want to see East Timor become a separate country. The United Nations says, in Los Palos, pro-Jakarta gangs firebombed the office of the main umbrella group favoring independence. In another town, militias destroyed more than a score of homes. The U-N spokesman here is David Wimhurst. ///WIMHURST ACTUALITY/// This seems to be the last attempt by the militia to destabilize the situation before we go to the polls on Monday. ///END ACTUALITY/// The Indonesian Government agreed to guarantee security for Monday's vote, but there has been little sign that police are getting the upper hand. U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan is issuing another appeal, through his representative here, reminding Indonesian authorities of the need to fulfill their security commitments. Many shops in the capital were closed Saturday, with owners apparently nervous about the overall security situation. Many people here are not confident the government can guarantee peace in the coming days. Reports reaching Dili from outlying areas say many people have either fled or gone into hiding, fearing that violence will continue through referendum day and beyond -- especially if, as expected, the vote registers a strong show of support for independence. (Signed) NEB / NS/ DWJ-t / wd 28-Aug-1999 04:38 AM LOC (28-Aug-1999 0838 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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