|East Timor||CATHOLIC OBSERVERS CLAIM INDONESIAN MILITARY BROUGHT IN TO DESTABILISE EAST TIMOR|
The Tablet reports that members of the observer mission of the London-based Catholic Institute for International Relations, have denied that the situation in East Timor was out of control in the days after the 30 August referendum.
On the contrary, they said, the army was in total control, although it might be seeking to give the impression of anarchy in order to justify the reinforcement of Indonesian police and military, or to advance some other solution such as reimposition of Indonesian control or division of the country into cantons.
President Habibie, who conceived the idea of a "snap" referendum on East Timor's future shortly after he came to power a year ago, told a press conference in Jakarta that his Government was trying to restore law and order in East Timor.
Meanwhile, headmaster of St Joseph's School in Dili, Fr Dili Edu Ratu-Dopo, told the Fides news agency that there is a military plan behind the decline of security and stability in East Timor. He points out that the "riots began after the referendum, which took place with relative peace and euphoria."
Tablet & Fides 12:41pm 13/9/99