|Subject: AP: E Timor Monitor Post Attacked By
Militia, 3 Killed-Report
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 09:31:07 -0400
From: "John M. Miller" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
August 11, 1999
E Timor Monitor Post Attacked By Militia, 3 Killed-Report
JAKARTA (AP)--As the U.N. promised Wednesday to push ahead with East Timor's independence referendum, reports surfaced that pro-Indonesian militia members killed three people in an attack on a student-led monitoring post in Viqueque, southeast of Dili.
Mariano Sabino Lopes of the East Timor Students Union said one student was wounded in the attack on the post.
East Timor police spokesman Capt. Widodo said he hadn't yet received formal reports on the incident.
Meanwhile, in a statement released in the East Timorese capital of Dili, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter claimed there was evidence that "the Indonesian military and other government agencies are supporting, directing, and arming pro-integration militias to create a climate of fear and intimidation."
An Indonesian government spokesman dismissed the statement issued by The Carter Center, which monitors elections and peace negotiations around the world.
"They should not complicate the problems on the ground," said foreign ministry spokesman Sulaiman Abdulmanan.
Despite reports of continuing violence, the U.N. plans to stick to its schedule for a ballot Aug. 30. The referendum has already been delayed twice by bloodshed.
"There will be no delay of the ballot, I'm convinced of that," said Jamsheed Marker, the U.N. envoy for East Timor.