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The White House Briefing Room

September 10, 1999


                              THE WHITE HOUSE
                       Office of the Press Secretary
                      (Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii)
For Immediate Release
          September 10, 1999
                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
     Let me address the deteriorating situation in East Timor.  I am
alarmed by reports I have just received of attacks on the United Nations
compound in Dili.
     It is now clear that the Indonesian military is aiding and abetting
the militia violence.  This is simply unacceptable.  The actions of the
Indonesian military in East Timor stand in stark contrast to the
commitments they have given to the international community.
     The Indonesian government and military must reverse this course, to do
everything possible to stop the violence, and allow an international force
to make possible the restoration of security.

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