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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 3A Indonesia OKs U.N. force in E. Timor Buchanan says he may seek -Reform's bid The candidate says the Republicans-1 are too similar to the Democrats. -: The Washington Post ; Republican presidential candidate Patrick.. Buchanan strongly suggested Sunday that he would , drop out of the party to seek the Reform Party's.; nomination. Buchanan has struggled to find support and has. . accused the Republican establishment of rushing to ; crown Texas Gov. George W. Bush, who has a strong lead in the polls and an overwhelming ad-.. vantage in fund raising. Asked on NBC's Meet the', , Press on Sunday if he would support Bush if he win?!; , the nomination, Buchanan said "I cannot make that , commitment" because the GOP has become a car-' ; bon copy of the Democratic Party in many respects'.; ; "So we are taking a hard look at leaving the Re-j publican nomination run and " 1 : r - :.Vt( : - . ; v - t Vc , ; ..." . .fe-lv -X ; Jakarta bows to pressure; Clinton says U.S. will help The New York Times JAKARTA, Indonesia Conceding that Indonesian forces had been unable to control the continuing violence in East Timor, President BJ. Habibie on Sunday capitulated to international pressure and invited the United Nations to send a peacekeeping force to the troubled territory. 'Too many people have lost their lives since the beginning of the unrest, lost their homes and security," he said in a televised address. "We cannot wait any longer. We have to stop the suffering and mourning immediately." He said an international force would have to work hand in hand with Indonesian troops, who appear divided over whether to enforce or undermine their government's policy of allowing East Timor to choose independence. The president's statement is potentially risky for him, and may ruin his chances of hanging onto his office once a long electoral process concludes in November. But his statement drew praise and some caution until the details are known from international leaders, who have expressed horror at the campaign of terror and killings since the former Portuguese colony voted on Aug. 30 to separate from Indonesia, which invaded it in 1975. "This is a great step forward for the people of East Timor, because it's their welfare, their future, their safety, their freedom that this will be all about," said Prime Minister John Howard of Australia, who has been one of the foreign leaders most insistent on intervention. President Clinton, speaking to reporters in New Zealand, where he is attending a meeting of Asian-Pacific countries, said the U.S. contribution would be "limited but important," like providing intelligence and communications. "All of that would require some presence on the ground in East Timor," he said. "But no one has asked us for any combat troops." Defense Minister John Moore of Australia, t which is spearheading a potential force, said it' might take three to five days to deploy once the United Nations and Indonesia worked out details -1 running for the Reform Party nomination," Buchanan said. "The decision has not been made yet but I think it is much more open and Americans would get a real choice if that happened." Buchanan's defection from the GOP would be a major development in the race because it could siphon support from the party's nominee. A poll last week by Zogby International had Bush IpaHrnor Vrp PrpsiHpnt Al finrp TOM HAWTHORPThe Associated Press East Timorese refugees are taken to an aircraft Australians will lead an international peace-waiting to fly them to Darwin, Australia. The keeping force headed to East Timor. Buchanan of its mission and organization. Habibie said Foreign Minister Ali Alatas was flying to New York to discuss these details with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. If the Indonesian military fully supports the foreign presence, Moore said, a force of about 7,000 foreign troops would be adequate. Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand have all said they are ready to take part Habibie's announcement was greeted with "absolute jubilation" among the 1,000 refugees who have camped inside the besieged U.N. compound in Dili, the East Timorese capital, said a British journalist, Marie Colvin, who is there. "They see it as their salvation," she said. "Nobody can stop smiling. They feel like they were under a death sentence for 10 days and that they are now going to live." The president's announcement came one day after Gen. Wiranto, the armed forces chief, visited East Timor and implied that he had lost control of some of his troops there who he said are emotionally committed to retaining East Timor, where they have fought against separatist guerrillas for 24 years. Reports continued to emerge on Sunday of a brutal campaign of killings, arson and forced relocation of thousands of people. the potential Democratic nominee, 50 percent to 3fr. percent But a poll last month by Schroth & Assc?' ciates, suggests Bush's numbers could drop signiF icantly with Buchanan in the race. It had Bush at 3tf percent Gore at 35 and Buchanan at 16. t'": Earlier this summer, New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith dropped out of the GOP to wage a campaign.' as an Independent -. j Sunday, Buchanan said the lines of distinction between the two major parties have blurred. "I think, what we need is a real opposition party, a party that" can become a second party and maybe a first party:-. he said. Saying he would make a decision by Oct 151; Buchanan added, "I'll tell you honestly, we're lean- ing in that direction right now." ; "Strongly?" interviewer Tim Russert asked. "Strongly," Buchanan replied. ; Mike Collins, a spokesman for the Republican; National Committee, said Chairman Jim Nicholson is looking forward to meeting with Buchanan ir coming weeks to make the case that the GOP is the" ' "true reform party." In the past the Reform Party has distanced itself from taking positions on social issues, and Bucha-' nan's strong conservative views on abortion and other subjects could pose a problem with some party members. Ex-President Bush backs candidate sons drug stance Reuters WASHINGTON Former President Bush says his son George was "a rambunctious little guy," but were coming from. "I don't spend any time thinking about it except I don't like it I do feel strongly about gotcha politics, about intrusiveness." Bush said he had not asked his son about the rumors. "Barbara and I know that these allegations most of these allegations have no basis in fact." The former president said he hoped and believed Americans want to set "very high" standards for the next president. ine leaaing Kepuoiican presidential contender never gave his parents cause to believe he used illegal drugs. "All this stuff about George's totally irresponsible past, we never saw it," Bush said. ' : r i it ixr 1 L UA ination, has been dogged by unsubstantiated rumors about his alleged use of cocaine in the past Despite a lack of evidence, under repeated questioning Gov. Bush has said he has not used illegal drugs during the past 25 years and has refused any further response. He has acknowledged that he once drank heavily and made "mistakes" in his youth. 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