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DATE=9/10/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDONESIA / MILITARY (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-253695 BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The head of the Indonesian Armed Forces says he would consider accepting a United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor -- but says now is not the time. As Patricia Nunan reports from Jakarta, the Indonesian government has come under mounting international pressure to allow peacekeepers into East Timor -- which has been virtually overrun by armed militia groups. Text: It was the first time Indonesia's Armed Forces chief General Wiranto hinted that Indonesia might be willing to accept a foreign military presence in East Timor. //WIRANTO ACT// We do not object to the idea of foreign peacekeeping troops but it is not really the appropriate time for a foreign security force to enter East Timor. //END ACT// The United Nations and the international community have been pressuring Indonesia to allow U-N peacekeepers in East Timor, which has been virtually taken over by pro-Indonesia militia groups. The militias --which are against independence for East Timor -- have gone on a bloody rampage throughout the territory, killing hundreds and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee. The violence began after the United Nations announced on Saturday that the majority of East Timorese voters cast their ballots against the territory's remaining with Indonesia in the U-N-supervised autonomy referendum held August 30th. General Wiranto says the situation is still too violent to consider sending peacekeepers into the territory. //WIRANTO ACT// We must first calm down the situation in East Timor so that U-N forces will be welcome by all East Timorese people. But we are open for future discussions on such matters. //END ACT// It remains unclear exactly when General Wiranto might be willing accept an international military presence in East Timor. The Indonesian government has said in the past that it would only drop its objection to a peacekeeping force after the National Assembly meets in November, when East Timor is expected to be declared an independent country. General Wiranto also promised humanitarian aid sent to East Timor will reach the people in need. //WIRANTO ACT// The security personnel will make efforts to ensure the assistance will be received by the people who are in need of them in a rapid accurate and complete manner. //END ACT// The Indonesian military imposed martial law on East Timor on Tuesday, in an effort to restore calm to the territory. But U-N officials say they have witnessed Indonesian soldiers participating in attacks with the militia groups. Militiamen attacked a schoolyard next to the U-N compound on Friday. The attack has cast doubt as to whether a top-level delegation from the U-N Security Council will be able to visit the territory as planned on Saturday. (signed) NEB/PN/GC/KL 10-Sep-1999 07:40 AM EDT (10-Sep-1999 1140 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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