|East Timor||BISHOP WARNS UN OF 'TERROR IN THE WEST'|
Bishop Anton Pai Ratu of Atambua in West Timor has urged the Indonesian Government to allow the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross to work in western Timor.
He said international assistance is necessary to "guarantee the humanitarian needs, security and free right of [East Timorese] refugees to return to their place of origin if they wish to do so".
"It is essential for the international community to foresee the humanitarian problem of the whole island of Timor, not just East Timor alone," he said yesterday.
There are widely held fears that the arrival of the multinational force in East Timor will push militiamen and Indonesian army units into western Timor.
"The concentration of these disappointed, undisciplined and humiliated forces in western Timor will lead to a new reign of terror in western Timor," the bishop said.
East Timorese refugees had bleak prospects of being allowed to return home. Their forced evacuation had a political goal, he said. Indonesia would claim the 200,000 refugees were pro-integration supporters as a pretext to grant independence to only the eastern half of East Timor.
SMH 1:10pm 27/9/99