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DATE=8/30/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S - E-TIMOR (L-O) NUMBER=2-253274 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United States has labeled the referendum (Monday)on independence for East Timor a success. But officials say Indonesia still has a responsibility to maintain order in the province as the votes are being counted. From the State Department, Correspondent Kyle King reports. TEXT: U-S officials say it is extraordinary that so many registered voters in East Timor cast their ballots in Monday's U-N administered referendum. Most reports show about 90-percent of the province's registered voters took part in the referendum. State Department spokesman James Foley called the vote a success. Although there were some incidents of violence, the referendum was relatively free of the attacks and intimidation carried out by anti-independence militias during the campaigning. One U-N worker was killed and two others were wounded in incidents the State Department deplored. As the vote count gets underway in the coming days, Department spokesman James Foley says it will be up to the government of Indonesia to maintain security. // FOLEY ACT // We note that in these next phases, vote counting and transition, that Indonesia maintains the responsibility for maintaining order. We remain concerned about the potential for violence, in particular the government of Indonesia should prevent armed militia from resuming their activities. // END ACT // Mr. Foley called the referendum an important step in the transition of East Timor to a new status. He said the United States calls for all sides exercise restraint and to accept the results of the referendum, regardless of the outcome. (SIGNED) NEB/KBK/RAE 30-Aug-1999 15:47 PM LOC (30-Aug-1999 1947 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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