TITLE=TIMOR FORCE (S 2ND UPDATE)
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INTRO: Troops from a multi-national
peacekeeping force are flooding into the
violence-torn province of East Timor. From
Jakarta, V-O-A's Kyle King reports.
TEXT: Transport planes carrying troops from
Australia, New Zealand and Britain landed at the
airport in Dili just after dawn. The troops, in
full battle gear, immediately secured the
airport and began fanning out in the area.
Dozens of flights are expected during the day.
Indonesian officials who met with the commander
of the peacekeeping force on Sunday say some
peacekeepers are also expected to come ashore
The U-N mandated troops are charged with
restoring order in East Timor, where pro-Jakarta
militias went on a looting and killing spree
after the August 30 independence referendum.
The peacekeepers did not encounter any
resistance as they began their mission. The
commander of the peacekeeping force, Major
General Peter Cosgrove, says his troops will
respond robustly to any attack. (Signed)
19-Sep-1999 22:22 PM EDT (20-Sep-1999 0222 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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