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DATE=9/10/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N-TIMOR UPDATE (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-253717 BYLINE=BRECK ARDERY DATELINE=NEW YORK CONTENT= VOICED AT: ///Note Security Council open meeting set for 11 a-m on 9-11/// INTRO: The United Nations Security Council will hold an open meeting today (Saturday) to discuss the violence in East Timor. VOA Correspondent Breck Ardery reports from New York. TEXT: After two and one-half hours of closed consultations late Friday, the Security Council did agree to hold a public meeting Saturday. For the past several days, Council President Peter Van Walsum of the Netherlands has resisted pressures for an open meeting on the grounds that it is better to wait for the report of the United Nations mission to East Timor. However, Mr. Van Walsum said he changed his mind because the Indonesian government has not altered its position that the Indonesian military alone can restore and maintain order in East Timor. ///Van Walsum act/// The fact that we have decided, or I have decided and I believe the Security Council accepts my decision, that we do not wait for the return of the mission has a lot to do with the fact that we do not see any indication of a movement in the position of the government of Indonesia. ///end act/// However, Mr. Van Walsum said no formal resolutions will be considered at Saturday's meeting. He indicated that any resolution would have to wait until the U-N mission reports to the Security Council early next week. Mr. Van Walsum also said U-N sanctioned military intervention would not be possible without a request for help from Indonesia. However, The Security Council President did not rule out the possibility of U-N backed economic sanctions against Indonesia. Earlier Friday, U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan urged the Indonesian government to accept a multinational peacekeeping force in East Timor or face responsibility for what could amount to what he called "crimes against humanity."(Signed) NEB/NY/BA/PT 10-Sep-1999 20:11 PM LOC (11-Sep-1999 0011 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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