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DATE=9/4/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=EAST TIMOR CHAOS - L-ONLY NUMBER=2-253458 BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=DILI INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The security situation in East Timor is deteriorating, with armed militia groups forcing U-N personnel to pull out of another town. One American civilian police officer has been wounded. The violence comes the day the United Nations announced that the East Timorese people voted in favor of independence from Indonesia in a special autonomy referendum held on Monday. Patricia Nunan brings us the latest from the East Timorese capital, Dili. TEXT: The United Nation has been forced to withdraw from Liquisa -- 40 kilometers west of the capital. An American civilian police officer working for the United Nations in Laquica has been wounded by gunfire. In the capital, militia members shot at a hotel housing senior U-N officials. At one point, a militia member entered the hotel threatening foreign journalists with a machete. In other parts of the capital, smoke could be seen rising from buildings which had been set on fire. Leaders of the militia group have vowed to fight to the death to keep East Timor a part of Indonesia. The violence comes the day the United Nations announced that 78-point-five percent of voters cast their ballots against the plan proposed by the Indonesian government for widespread autonomy for East Timor. Now East Timor is on it's way to becoming an independence nation. Reactions to the news of the ballots were largely subdued. Much of the capital remained shut down with few people venturing into the streets. Violence by the militias has been on the rise since the autonomy referendum was held on Monday. At least four U-N local staff members have been killed and six more are unaccounted for. (signed) NEB/PN/TD-T/JO 04-Sep-1999 09:23 AM EDT (04-Sep-1999 1323 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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