Subject: ETISC: Only a fully fledged UN armed peacekeeping force can prevent Timor bloodbath
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 1999 13:56:28 +0930
From: "East Timor International Support Center" <etio@ozemail.com.au> Organization: East Timor International Support Center

 

East Timor International Support Center (ETISC) PO Box 651, Nightcliff, Darwin NT0814, Australia

MEDIA RELEASE Fri, Aug 27, 1999

Only a fully fledged UN armed peacekeeping force can prevent Timor bloodbath .........................................

The United Nations must intervene immediately in East Timor.

ETISC urges UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to publicly call, before the announcement of the Aug 30 vote results, for the withdrawal of all Indonesian military forces from East Timor and facilitate the deployment of an armed peacekeeping force to the troubled territory.

The UN must also demand that the Indonesian police, currently in charge of security in East Timor, immediately disarm all militia groups.

A dark cloud of fear hangs over East Timor's capital, Dili, just before the East Timorese people vote, on Monday, for independence or to remain with Indonesia. Yesterday's bloody violence, which left at least six people dead, raises serious concerns about voter intimidation and the post-ballot period. There is credible evidence to indicate that the Indonesian security apparatus is behind the militias in their orgy of violence and mayhem.

Witnesses in Dili told ETISC that the militias went on their rampage after hearing an inflammatory speech by mayor Armindo Mariano calling on the pro-autonomy faction to take control of Dili and ensure "the Indonesian flag remains on Indonesian territory." Mariano is claimed to have also requested Indonesian troops to take part in the pro-Indonesia rallies and assist the militia groups.

An ETISC staff member, in Dili, reported that about 300 militia stormed the office of the National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT) in a wild rampage -- shooting and throwing stones.

The worst trouble seemed to occur in Kuluhun. At least 3 pro-independence supporters were killed and seven injured -- two of them seriously. Eyewitnesses told the ETISC staff member that the Brimob part of the Indonesian police were doing the shooting. A young man aged 23 - Adelinu de Jesus da Silva -- was shot by Brimob in the back of the head. He was carried by his family back to his home in Becora.

Dili residents are currently all indoors armed with bows and arrows and machetes. Many have fled the city for the outskirts where there is a strong UNAMET (United Nations Assistance Mission in East Timor) presence.

The Indonesian military intelligence who are behind all the militia activities have obviously decided that the presence of UNAMET and hundreds of Westerners in Dili is not going to stop them from intimidation and murder in their last ditch efforts to prevent the East Timorese people from choosing independence.

Only a fully-fledged armed UN peacekeeping force can, now, prevent a bloodbath in East Timor.

For further information please contact Sonny Inbaraj in Darwin at +61-8-89484458 OR Dr Andrew McNaughtan in Dili at +62-812-9299849

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