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DATE=9/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=E. TIMOR / PEACEKEEPERS (S WRAP) NUMBER=2-253768 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Indonesia has reversed its policy and agreed to allow an international peacekeeping force in to help restore order in the violence- torn province of East Timor. From Jakarta, V-O- A's Kyle King reports. TEXT: In a move quickly welcomed by the United States and other countries, President B-J Habibi said he had informed the United Nations that Indonesia is ready to accept an international peacekeeping force. In a nationally televised speech, Mr. Habibi said he was dispatching Foreign Minister Ali Alatas to the United Nations to work out the details of the deployment. Mr. Habibi said too many people had lost their lives since the beginning of the unrest, and it is time to stop the suffering -- immediately. The announcement follows growing international pressure on Indonesia. Mr. Habibi defended the efforts of the Indonesian military, which has been accused by many people in East Timor of supporting pro- Jakarta militias responsible for the violence. (SIGNED) NEB/KBK/RAE 12-Sep-1999 12:44 PM LOC (12-Sep-1999 1644 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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