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DATE=9/12/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=E.TIMOR PEACEKEEPERS (L) NUMBER=2-253766 BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Indonesian President B-J Habibi announced that he would accept a U-N peacekeeping force in East Timor. Mr. Habibi made his announcement eight-days after pro-Indonesian militia groups began rampaging through the territory, killing thousands and forcing hundreds-of-thousands of people to flee. But as Patricia Nunan reports from Jakarta, the government has some hesitation about which countries should join the peacekeeping force. Text: Indonesian President B-J Habibi says the suffering and unrest that has taken place in East Timor prompted him and his cabinet to accept U-N peacekeepers in the territory. /// HABIBI ACT /// A couple of minutes ago I called the U-N Secretary General to inform him about our readiness to accept international peacekeeping forces, through the U-N, from friendly nations to restore peace and security in east Timor, to protect the people, and to implement the result of the direct ballot of August 30th. /// END ACT /// Violence has rocked the territory of East Timor since last Saturday, when the United Nations announced results of an August 30th referendum. Almost 80- percent of East Timorese voters decided the territory should break free of Indonesian rule. Pro-Indonesia militia groups opposed to East Timor's independence are believed to have killed thousands of people in a virtual takeover of the territory. An estimated 200-thousand other people have fled the territory, or are in hiding in East Timor's interior. The Indonesian military declared martial law in the territory Tuesday in an effort to restore calm. But U-N officials say some Indonesian soldiers have participated in the violence with the militia groups. The president's reference to accepting forces from -- friendly -- nations may be a slight against regional power Australia. Australia has been one of the harshest critics of Indonesia's handling of the East Timor crisis, and one of the first to call for U-N intervention. Last week, about 100 demonstrators stormed the Australian embassy in Jakarta to protest what they perceived to be Australian meddling in Indonesian affairs. Without referring to Australia directly, Presidential Adviser Dewi Fortuna Anwar warned of a nationalistic backlash against the United Nations if care is not taken in selecting peacekeeping troops. /// ANWAR ACT /// As you know, Indonesian nationalism is very, very strong, and it is very, very important that we do not solve one problem and create another problem. At this particular moment we have to be very, very careful to avert any radical nationalistic backlash against what is perceived to be international pressure. /// END ACT /// The Indonesian government says it will let U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan decide on a time-frame for the deployment of peacekeeping troops. It also alluded to a possible plan in which U-N peacekeepers would work together with the Indonesian military in East Timor, until the territory is officially declared an independent nation in November. (SIGNED) NEB/PN/RAE 12-Sep-1999 12:38 PM LOC (12-Sep-1999 1638 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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