TITLE=TIMOR / INDEPENDENCE / L-O
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
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
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
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.
NEB / wd-t / wd
04-Sep-1999 05:27 AM LOC (04-Sep-1999 0927 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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