Subject: LUSA: Indonesia to Beef-Up Security for Indonesian Settlers
Date: Sat, 06 Mar 1999 08:42:03 -0500
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <pet@web.net>

03 MAR 99 - 11:34 East Timor: Indonesia to Beef-Up Security for Indonesian Settlers

Jakarta, March 3 (Lusa) - The Indonesian military plans to send additional security forces to East Timor to protect Indonesian settlers in the occupied territory, Bali military chief Gen. Adam Damiri said Wednesday. The settlers were facing increasing "intimidation" and "terror" from pro-independence groups in East Timor, Gen. Damiri said, adding, however, that the media were exaggerating the extent of the problem. He said no decision had yet been taken on whether the new security forces would be police or soldeirs, or whether they would be stationed in East Timor on a permanent basis. Indonesia promoted the settlement of thousands of Indonesian families in East Timor since invading the territory 23 years ago. -Lusa-

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