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DATE=9/16/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDONESIA / SITREP (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-253940 BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The Indonesian government has cancelled a security agreement with Australia because of what it describes as Australian interference in Indonesian affairs, over East Timor. As Patricia Nunan reports, the announcement comes as Australia prepares to lead a United Nations peacekeeping force to East Timor, where pro-Indonesia militias are believe to have virtually taken control. Text: //NAT SOUND-DEMONSTRATION: ESTAB, FADE DOWN// About 300 demonstrators outside the United Nations headquarters in Jakarta chant "hang Xanana", referring to East Timorese rebel leader Xanana Gusmao. The protesters are demonstrating against what they see as Australian interference in Indonesian affairs. They have linked the leader of East Timor's independence movement, Xanana Gusmao to Australia's East Timor policy. The demonstrators want East Timor to remain part of Indonesia, and Australia to mind its own business. The demonstration began as the Indonesian foreign ministry announced Jakarta has cancelled a 1995 security agreement with Australia. Previously, the two nations would share information about regional security threats. But now, the Indonesian government says Australia has violated the spirit of the agreement. Jakarta says Australia has not demonstrated mutual respect or kept to a pledge not to interfere in Indonesia's internal affairs. The diplomatic falling-out between Indonesia and Australia was sparked by the humanitarian crisis which led to an international peacekeeping mission being prepared to move into East Timor. The United Nations was forced to largely withdraw from East Timor after pro-Indonesia militia groups rampaged through the territory. Thousands of people are feared dead and hundreds of thousands of others have been forced to flee. The militias are opposed to independence for East Timor. The violence picked up in intensity, after the United Nations announced the majority of East Timorese voters decided the territory should separate from Indonesia. With 45 hundred of its troops poised to enter East Timor, Australia will be the dominant force in a U-N peacekeeping mission, expected to be deployed to the territory by the weekend. Meanwhile, East Timorese independence leader Xanana Gusmao has appealed for the international community to pressure the Indonesian military -- or T-N-I -- to let humanitarian assistance into East Timor. //GUSMAO ACTUALITY// Hundreds of thousands of people are now hiding in the jungle, suffering from starvation and disease. There are more than 300 children dead. People are burying dead. I want to appeal to the international community to continue to press the Indonesian government and especially to the T-N-I top leaders to allow immediate entrance and clearance of humanitarian assistance. //END ACTUALITY// Australian Prime Minister John Howard says U-N air drops of humanitarian assistance have not yet begun because the Indonesian military has not yet guaranteed it would not shoot down the planes. The air drops are expected to begin, late Thursday. (signed) NEB/PN/GC / wd 16-Sep-1999 03:29 AM LOC (16-Sep-1999 0729 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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