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DATE=9/10/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=TIMOR WRAP FRIDAY (L) NUMBER=2-253709 BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE DATELINE=WASHINGTON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Hundreds of United Nations staffers have been evacuated from East Timor, leaving only a token presence to care for refugees fleeing violence in the capital Dili. All forms of international pressure on the Indonesian government have failed to stop the widespread killing of supporters of last month's referendum on independence from Indonesia. Corespondent Nick Simeone reports the crisis in East Timor is beginning to raise questions over whether President Habibie or the Indonesian military is calling the shots in Jakarta. TEXT: The powerful leader of the Indonesian military, General Wiranto, refuses to drop his opposition to an international peacekeeping force in East Timor -- despite adamant calls by President Clinton, the U-N secretary-general and other world leaders to bring order to the remote province. // WIRANTO ACT // We do not object to the idea of United Nations peace keeping troops, but it is not really the appropriate time for a foreign security force to enter East Timor. // END ACT // Refugees fleeing the violence now say thousands may have been killed over the past two weeks by gangs of anti-independence militiamen who roam East Timor with the backing of the military. Much of the capital Dili is reported destroyed. Nearly all foreigners have left and even the United Nations compound - which had been a haven for people fleeing attack - is no longer safe. With martial law failing to restore order, it fell to U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan to express the international community's mounting demands that Indonesia allow an outside peacekeeping force to enter. // ANNAN ACT // Time has clearly come for Indonesia to seek help from the international community in fulfilling its responsibility to bring order and security to the people of East Timor. // END ACT // As the East Timor crisis drags on, it appears to be taking a political toll on President Habibie - the man who pledged to grant East Timor independence if the people voted for it. On Friday, a faction of his ruling Golkar party called on him not to seek another term as president. A special assembly is to meet in November to choose the country's next leader. Aides to the Indonesian leader say he has no plans to resign. But observers and even a deputy leader of President Habibie's own party are now questioning whether power may increasingly rest in the hands of General Wiranto. (SIGNED) NEB/NJS/JO 10-Sep-1999 16:38 PM EDT (10-Sep-1999 2038 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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