TITLE=TIMOR WRAP FRIDAY (L)
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)
10-Sep-1999 16:38 PM EDT (10-Sep-1999 2038 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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