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DATE=10/7/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N-TIMOR RESOLUTION (L - ONLY) NUMBER=2-254772 BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations Security Council has formally begun considering a draft resolution (today/ Thursday) to authorize deployment of a U-N peacekeeping force to East Timor. The draft resolution calls for a force of about nine-thousand peacekeepers and demands that those responsible for violence in the territory be brought to justice. More from our U-N correspondent Max Ruston. TEXT: The draft resolution was submitted to the Council by Britain and is expected to be the subject of discussion in meetings throughout the month. Diplomats say they expect a final version of the draft resolution to be approved by late October or early November. /// OPT /// The draft resolution echoes a report on East Timor released by U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan earlier this week. /// END OPT /// The resolution calls for deployment of eight-thousand- 950 peacekeepers and up to 200 military observers at the earliest possible time. Their mission will be to restore and maintain order in the former Portuguese colony and support a U-N civil administration. Violence spread throughout East Timor last month after residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Indonesia, which invaded the territory in 1975. Pro-Jakarta militias and the Indonesian military have been blamed for most of the violence. A U-N-endorsed Australian-led international force is now in East Timor restoring order and preparing for the arrival of the U-N peacekeeping force. /// OPT /// According to the draft resolution, a U-N civil administration will consult with representatives of the people of East Timor. It will facilitate humanitarian assistance, including the resettlement of hundreds-of-thousands of people displaced by the violence. It will also lay the groundwork for new government institutions and elections. /// END OPT /// The interim U-N administration, once approved, will assume governance of the territory for an estimated two to three years, before handing power over to a local administration. The U-N administration is expected to take control of East Timor next month, after Indonesia formally relinquishes its control over the territory. (Signed) NEB/MPR/LSF/JO 07-Oct-1999 15:01 PM EDT (07-Oct-1999 1901 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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