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DATE=9/28/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N - TIMOR - PLANNING (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-254441 BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Indonesia has agreed to an acceleration of planning for the hand-over of East Timor to a United Nations interim administration. The agreement was reached in talks today (Tuesday) between Indonesia, Portugal and the United Nations. V-O-A's U-N correspondent Max Ruston reports. TEXT: The talks brought together the foreign ministers of Indonesia and Portugal in a meeting that U-N officials say resulted in moderate progress. The talks focussed on the period leading up to the formal hand-over of East Timor to a U-N interim administration. The hand-over is expected to take place in November, after Indonesia's legislature ratifies the results of East Timor's August 30th referendum, in which 80 percent of the territory's residents voted in support of independence. Widespread violence in the territory following the election has raised questions about the feasibility of waiting until November for the hand-over. The Indonesian military -- blamed for much of the violence -- has already handed over responsibility for security to an Australian-led international force, INTERFED. Independence leaders say Indonesia has lost any authority to administer the territory, even for a short period of time. But Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas, speaking at U-N headquarters, says the civil administration of the territory will remain in Indonesia's hands until the formal hand-over to the United Nations. /// ALATAS ACT /// In security terms, de facto it is the INTERFED who is in charge of security. Am I clear? De facto they are in charge of security, because we have handed over the task, we have withdrawn our martial law and on the civil side we are still in charge. OK? Is that clear? /// END ACT /// Mr. Alatas says planning for the hand-over is being accelerated. The talks at the United Nations also resulted in an agreement to allow Red Cross and U-N humanitarian workers to visit refugee camps in West Timor, a part of Indonesia. The camps have been described by some East Timorese as concentration camps, where pro- Jakarta militia members have been allowed to commit atrocities. Mr. Alatas denounced those reports as lies and said international humanitarian workers are welcome to visit the camps. (Signed) NEB/MPR/TVM/PT 28-Sep-1999 21:13 PM LOC (29-Sep-1999 0113 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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