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Subject: LUSA: Oz opposition demands int'l observers in ET
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 06:42:35 -0500 (EST)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

26 OUT 98 - 10:19 East Timor/Australia: Australian opposition demands presence of International observers in East Timor

Sydney, Oct. 26 (Lusa) - The Australian opposition demanded on Sunday the presence of international observers in East Timor to monitor the occupied territory's military situation. The demand is contained in a communique issued by shadow foreign minister Laurie Brereton faxed on LUSA in Sydney.

The communique was issued in reaction to Australian newpaper reports that as few as 140 Indonesian combat troops have been withdrawn from East Timor in recent weeks, leaving some 7,500 troops still in the occupied territory. The "Australian" newspaper said any troops withdrawn from East Timor were largely being replaced and casualties were still being inflicted in sporadic clashes with FRETELIN freedom fighters.

While Jakarta has promised a "significant" troop reduction, independence observers claim fresh combat troops have been brought in, apart from three police mobile brigade companies.


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