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DATE=9/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S INDONESIA (L) NUMBER=2-253771 BYLINE=DEBORAH TATE DATELINE=AUCKLAND INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United States has welcomed Indonesian President B-J Habibi's announcement asking for the assistance of a U-N Peacekeeping Force to help halt violence in East Timor and to help implement the August 30th independence referendum. White House Correspondent Deborah Tate reports from Auckland, New Zealand where President Clinton is attending a trade summit. TEXT: National Security Advisor Sandy Berger describes Mr. Habibi's decision as a positive development, and he expressed hope peacekeepers would soon be deployed in East Timor. /// BERGER ACT /// What is important to us is that the force be able to deploy promptly, that it be effective, that there not be any restrictions on it that would impede its effectiveness, and that it is able to both restore order and effectuate the will of the East Timorese people as expressed in the August 30 referendum. /// END ACT /// Mr. Berger says the force will be led by Australia and be made up mostly of Asians. He says the United States will take part in a limited support role. U-S troops would airlift peacekeepers from other nations into East Timor and provide communication and transportation services. He did not say how many American troops would involved, saying that is an issue under discussion. Meanwhile, Mr. Clinton is consulting with Congress. Mr. Habibi's announcement follows growing international pressure to accept a U-N force in East Timor. Mr. Clinton had suspended military sales and cooperation with Jakarta. Mr. Berger says those sanctions can be lifted if the peacekeeping operation proceeds as planned. (SIGNED) NEB/DAT/RAE-T/RAE 12-Sep-1999 14:08 PM LOC (12-Sep-1999 1808 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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