|Portugal||PORTUGUESE JESUITS APPEAL TO UN OVER EAST TIMOR|
The Jesuits' Portuguese Province has appealed to the UN to send a peacekeeping force into East Timor to avoid wider human catastrophe.
"Given the human, historical and religious responsibilities we feel toward the people, we Jesuits consider that we cannot remain silent at this juncture," the statement said.
The Portuguese Jesuits have been in East Timor for over 100 years. The Jesuit Refugee Service has recently expanded operations in the territory.
Meanwhile, the Jesuit Refugee Service country director Fr Karim Albrecht SJ says there is evidence that internally displaced persons from the Liquiça area are being martialed by the pro-integrationist militia and given rice as part of what looks like an indoctrination program to secure more votes for autonomy. He describes it as 'a don't bite the hand that feeds you' tactic."
|11:32am 17/5/99 / JRS|