TITLE=E. TIMOR / PEACEKEEPERS (S WRAP)
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
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.
12-Sep-1999 12:44 PM LOC (12-Sep-1999 1644 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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