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DATE=8/30/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=EAST TIMOR VOTES (L - 2ND UPDATE) NUMBER=2-253261 BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE DATELINE=DILI INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: // Re-issuing to correct CR number // INTRO: Hundreds of thousands of people in East Timor have taken part in a United Nations-supervised referendum on whether they want to remain a part of Indonesia or become independent, nearly a quarter of a century after Jakarta invaded and annexed the former Portuguese colony. Violence, blamed on pro- and anti- independence factions in the days leading up to the vote, had raised concerns that the referendum might be derailed, but as correspondent Nick Simeone reports from East Timor's capital, Dili, the chief United Nations official in the disputed territory says he is satisfied with the way the voting went. TEXT: The official results from Monday's referendum are not expected for at least a week, but already the special U-N representative for East Timor, Jamsheed Marker, believes history has been made. /// MARKER ACT /// Whatever the outcome of the ballot, today the eagle of liberty has spread its proud wings over the people of East Timor. And nothing, by God's grace, will ever chase it away. /// END ACT /// But seven polling locations had to be closed temporarily because of security concerns, including threats that anti-independence militias were operating nearby. The referendum had already been postponed twice because of violence between pro- and anti-independence factions, and Monday's vote was not without some scattered incidents of violence in outlying areas. Still, the vast majority of the more than 450,000 registered voters appeared not to be intimidated. United Nations' electoral officer Jeff Fisher. /// FISHER ACT I think it is reasonable to extrapolate a figure in the ninety percentile as far as a projected turnout is concerned. /// END ACT /// But whether this referendum was a success and whether it will become a turning point that helps decide East Timor's future will be judged not by Monday's balloting but by whether pro-independence and pro- Jakarta forces respect the results. (Signed) NEB/NS/KL 30-Aug-1999 10:57 AM EDT (30-Aug-1999 1457 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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