Subject: AFP: Indon to open second registration for civilian militia in E. Timor
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 09:37:23 -0500
From: "John M. Miller" <fbp@igc.apc.org>

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Indonesia to open second registration for civilian militia in East Timor

JAKARTA, Feb 20 (AFP) - Indonesian police in the troubled province of East Timor will open registration for a second batch of 250 civilian militiamen to assist its operations there, the Antara news agency said Saturday.

Antara quoted the spokesman of the East Timor police, Captain Widodo as saying in Dili, East Timor, that the second registration for "Keamanan Rakyat (People's Security or Kamra)" for East Timor will open on March 1.

A total of 250 civilians will be recruited, he added.

Police there have already recruited 250 Kamra members who were now assisting to maintain security and order in six of the 13 districts in East Timor.

"They are not equipped with firearms but are only using equipments such as handcuffs, batons, whistles and shields," Widodo said.

The Kamra members receive a monthly wage of 200,000 rupiah (22.6 dollars) each.

Another two recruitment waves, each of 250 men, will follow in the future, Antara said.

Critics here and abroad have said that the civilian militia groups raised and armed by the Indonesian security forces were to blame for the rising tension in the former Portuguese colony.

Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 and declared it its 27th province the following year in a move never recognised by the United Nations.

Jakarta last month said it was prepared to let go of East Timor should the population there reject a broad autonomy package to be offered to them in April.

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