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DATE=8/30/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=BRITAIN / EAST TIMOR (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-253254 BYLINE=LAURIE KASSMAN DATELINE=LONDON CONTENT= VOICED AT: 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. ///COOK ACT/// 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 own affairs. ///END ACT// 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 police presence. ///END ACT/// 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. (SIGNED) NEB/LMK/PCF/kl 30-Aug-1999 08:46 AM EDT (30-Aug-1999 1246 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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