Subject: USGOV: State Dept on Attack in E Timor (April 17, 1999)
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 10:29:27 -0400
From: "John M. Miller" <fbp@igc.apc.org>

*EPF112 04/19/99 TEXT: STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ON ATTACK IN EAST TIMOR (U.S. looks to Indonesia to bring perpetrators to justice) (190)

Washington -- The United States is deeply disturbed by reports that armed militias favoring continued integration with Indonesia have attacked civilians in Dili, the capital of East Timor, according to State Department Spokesman James Rubin.

Following is a statement on the situation issued April 17 by the Department of State:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman April 17, 1999

STATEMENT BY JAMES P. RUBIN, SPOKESMAN

Attack In East Timor

The United States is deeply disturbed by reports that armed militias favoring continued integration with Indonesia attacked civilians in Dili, the capital of East Timor, causing the deaths of at least 8 people and perhaps more. We urgently call on the Indonesian security forces in the strongest possible terms to bring the pro-integration militia groups under control and fulfill their responsibilities to protect all persons in East Timor. Moreover, we look to the Indonesian authorities to bring the perpetrators of these violent attacks to justice.

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