TITLE=BRITAIN / EAST TIMOR (L ONLY)
INTRO: Britain, which played an active role in East
Timor's bid for independence, has welcomed today's so-
far peaceful poll. Britain was asked by the United
Nations to help support the referendum. Correspondent
Laurie Kassman has more from London.
TEXT: Britain's Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has
praised the high turnout in East Timor and the
relatively peaceful polling that has taken place.
Confident of a positive response to the U-N supervised
referendum, Mr. Cook says the international community
must be ready to help East Timor through the
transition to independence. He told British radio
that this will include eventually replacing many of
the Indonesian administrators in East Timor.
Many of the administrators and key personnel in
East Timor are Indonesians. We would hope to be
able to work with Jakarta for as many of them to
remain until East Timor is able to take over its
Mr. Cook says it is important that East Timor's
independence is carried out in a peaceful and orderly
manner and is respected by Indonesia.
///COOK SECOND ACT///
There is already a resolution, which was passed
within the Security Council, to step up the U-N
mission in East Timor, with more military and
Turnout for the crucial referendum was high despite
threats of violence by pro-Indonesia militia. If
approved, East Timor's independence will end 23 years
of Indonesian rule, often marked by brutal repression.
30-Aug-1999 08:46 AM EDT (30-Aug-1999 1246 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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