tightened as last Indonesian troops pull out
Security tightened as last Indonesian troops pull out
DILI, East Timor, Oct 30 (AFP) - The international force in East Timor (Interfet) tightened security here Saturday morning as the last Indonesian troops in the territory prepared to leave.
Roads leading to the Indonesians main downtown barracks and connecting them to the port area were sealed off as close to 1,000 (Eds: correct) military personell prepared to pull out.
East Timorese began to gather along the waterfront and outside the main barracks as news of the final evacuation spread.
Interfet spokesman Colonel Mark Kelly said security arrangements for an orderly departure have been in place for weeks.
"We want to avoid any incident," he said.
Reporters were denied access to the Indonesian's flag lowering ceremony scheduled for 9:00 a.m. (0100 GMT) at the barracks.
At the port alongside the Indonesian evacuation ship a boat unloaded a fresh batch of East Timorese refugees returning from West Timor.
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