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DATE=9/4/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=TIMOR / INDEPENDENCE / L-O NUMBER=2-253448 BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=DILI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations in East Timor announced Saturday the East Timorese people have voted, overwhelmingly, for independence from Indonesia. In the U-N / sponsored autonomy referendum held on Monday, 78-point-five percent of the votes were against an offer of wide-ranging autonomy for East Timor, proposed by the Indonesian government. As Patricia Nunan reports from the East Timorese capital, Dili, so far, reaction to the ballot has been subdued. TEXT: The head of the U-N mission in East Timor - Ian Martin - announced more that 340 thousand of East Timor's 450 thousand voters cast their ballots against the Indonesian government's offer for special autonomy for the territory. // MARTIN ACTUALITY // The people of East Timor have thus rejected the proposed special autonomy and expressed their wish to be in the process toward independence. // END ACTUALITY // For East Timor's independence leaders, like Leander Isaacs, the meaning of the results is simple. // ISAACS ACTUALITY, in Timorese // Victoria, victoria, victoria // END ACTUALITY // He said, "It's victory, victory, victory for the people of East Timor." Almost 99 percent of registered voters turned out to cast their ballots in the U-N / sponsored referendum, Monday. The ballot was designed to let the East Timorese people decide whether to accept or reject an offer of autonomy proposed by the Indonesian government. The deal would have allowed East Timor some special rights for remaining a part of Indonesia. A vote against autonomy was considered a de facto vote in favor of independence. The United Nations says four of its staff members in East Timor have been killed and six others are unaccounted for in the days of violence that rocked the territory after Monday's ballot. Militia groups, which are fighting to keep East Timor a part of Indonesia, are now in control of at least two towns. Several hundred people have taken shelter at the U-N headquarters here in Dili and in local churches, because they fear the reaction of the militia groups to the results of the balloting. // LANGUAGE ACTUALITY, IN AND UNDER // One woman said, "We are very happy today. But, we can't stay at home because (the) militias said - if the ballot was for independence, they would burn everything down." The Indonesian government said it deployed at least 14 hundred troops to East Timor to help to maintain calm. But, some militia members can be seen driving around the capital, passing through military lines. Human rights officials want the United Nations to deploy peacekeepers to East Timor to help prevent large-scale reprisals from the militia groups. (signed). NEB / wd-t / wd 04-Sep-1999 05:27 AM LOC (04-Sep-1999 0927 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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