|Subject: AFP: UN chief gives Indonesia until Friday
to ensure Timor poll security
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 17:16:21 -0400
From: "John M. Miller" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Received from Joyo Indonesian News:
UN chief gives Indonesia until Friday to ensure Timor poll security
UNITED NATIONS, July 10 (AFP) - UN chief Kofi Annan on Saturday gave Indonesia until next Friday to take "concrete steps" to ensure that security conditions are met for the holding of a critical poll on the future of East Timor.
Annan, in a letter to the UN Security Council released here, said that he would delay voter registration from July 13 to July 16, "in order to allow for concrete steps" to follow a planned visit by Indonesian authorities to the former Portuguese colony on Monday.
UN officials said that Annan would make his assessment on Friday whether to go ahead with the East Timor plebicite on the scheduled date of August 21-23, depending on cooperation by the Indonesians, who have failed to make good on promises to rein in anti-independence militias.
The vote, originally scheduled for August 8, was already delayed by two weeks because of attacks by the pro-Jakarta militias.