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     UNIS/SG/2345
    27 August 1999
    Secretary-General Appalled by Widespread Violence in Dili

     

    NEW YORK, 26 August (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Office of the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
     

     The Secretary-General is appalled by the widespread violence in Dili today, including the loss of lives.  He demands that the Indonesian authorities take immediate steps to restore and maintain law and order.  The Secretary-General again reminds the Indonesian authorities of their obligations under the 5 May 1999 arrangements.  It is crucial that, even at this late stage, concrete and effective steps be taken by Indonesia to control the militias who, it is increasingly clear, are intent on disrupting the popular consultation.  Those who are responsible for planning and carrying out these acts of violence and lawlessness must be arrested.

     The Secretary-General is determined that the United Nations should fulfil its responsibilities to the people of East Timor, and should not be deterred by threats and intimidation from lawless elements.
     

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