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DATE=9/10/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=EAST TIMOR / SITREP (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-253681 BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations has begun evacuating much of its remaining staff from its besieged compound in the East Timorese capital, Dili. A handful of U-N employees will remain behind in East Timor, which has been virtually over-run by pro-Indonesia militia groups. Patricia Nunan reports from Jakarta. TEXT: The first of five United Nations evacuation flights from Dili took off to the northern Australian city, Darwin, Friday morning. Pro-Indonesia militia-men fired shots at a U-N convoy of trucks as it headed for the airport in Dili. There are no reports of any injuries. Among the 167 people being evacuated was the head of the U-N mission, Ian Martin. But some 200 U-N workers -- including civilian police and military officers -- have chosen to stay behind. Top U-N officials have said it would be a "disaster" if the United Nations were to completely withdraw from East Timor. The staff was trapped inside the U-N compound in Dili for days, prior to the evacuation. Pro-Indonesia militia groups began rampaging through the territory Saturday, after the United Nations announced the majority of East Timorese people voted for independence from Indonesia. Hundreds of people are believed to have been killed. U-N officials say more than 200 thousand people have been forced to flee into West Timor to escape the violence. The United Nations says the Indonesian military has been providing assistance to -- or leading -- the militias in attacks against civilians. Meanwhile, a delegation from the U-N Security Council is in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to meet with senior Indonesian officials. After meeting with Indonesian President B-J Habibi, the group said Thursday it intends to visit East Timor as soon as it can. No details of the proposed trip have been finalized. Indonesia is coming under increasing pressure from the international community to allow a U-N peacekeeping force to be deployed in East Timor. President Clinton Thursday suspended military relations with Indonesia, until an international peacekeeping force is deployed. (signed) NEB/ PN / GC/ wd 10-Sep-1999 00:02 AM LOC (10-Sep-1999 0402 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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