|East Timor||US GOVT MUST ACT NOW ON EAST TIMOR: US BISHOPS|
"Our worst fears have become reality in East Timor," according to the Chairman of the US Bishops' International Policy Committee, who today called on their government and the international community to act immediately to end the escalating violence in the tiny enclave in eastern Indonesia.|
"The US government must act now, including using appropriate and strong sanctions if necessary, to convince the Indonesian government to meet its responsibilities to stop the violence and ensure that the wishes of the East Timorese are respected," said Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark. "If Indonesia is not willing or able immediately to fulfill its responsibilities to the people of East Timor, then the United States should support the prompt deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping force to establish order, protect the innocent, and ensure a peaceful transition to independence."
"The attack on Bishop Belo's residence is just one example of the impunity with which these forces are operating," said Archbishop McCarrick, who had planned to stay the Bishop's residence during a visit to Dili last week which had to be cancelled.
"The people of East Timor have suffered terribly for many years," Archbishop McCarrick said. The international community must not permit the dawn of a new day be turned into yet another nightmare
US Bishops Conf 11:10am 9/9/99