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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 5

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Wednesday, September 15, 1999
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THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1999 5A U.N. finalizing details of military mission to E. Timor s J : - " Minister Ali Alatas said Tuesday that Indonesia will not oppose an Australian commander. Indonesian and Australian military officials met Tuesday afternoon to begin discussing how the force will be deployed. Australian For sia, and we understand that," Downer said. "This is not an Australian force." A more fundamental long-term question that is still unresolved concerns the role of the Indonesian army. For the next four months the proposed term of the interim force now being created the Indonesians say they expect to work with the international force, and Tuesday's Security Council resolution demands their cooperation. But how many Indonesians, and for how long, remains unclear. "The question of the withdrawal of Indonesian troops from East Timor is a matter which is not resolved," Downer said Tuesday. "Indonesian troops will certainly be there in the initial stages of the deployment of the multinational force. There will have to be a mechanism m ... n rJi rr. tm a n ... n I! ' j j L . j for cooperation between the multinational force and Indonesian military." Political pressures continue to mount on President B.J. Habibie as the deployment of an international force gets closer. In Jakarta Tuesday, hundreds of students tried to march on parliament to demand his resignation. He is already under fire from within his own party, Golkar, for allowing the East Timorese to vote on their future and then conceding he needs international military assistance to end the violence that followed their choice of a clean break with Indonesia. Evidence has piled up of Indonesian military complicity in the violence in East Timor, where Lt Gen. Prabowo Subian-to, a former special forces commander s rj EVERYTHING - TO YOU BUY. REGULAR, SALE OR SPECIALLY PRICED XJ Annan eign Minister Alexander Downer met with Alatas and told reporters later that he had assured his Indonesian counterpart that the force would be truly international, with significant participation by Asian nations in the region. "This is a sensitive issue for Indone- 0C0 O0D I j I and son-in-law of the deposed president, Suharto, has considerable influence among troops. Relief experts believe that several hundred thousand East Timorese may have been driven from their homes. The United Nations says that 600,000 of the territory's 870,000 people are in need of some kind of emergency aid. '. Violence is continuing on the ground in both East Timor and West Timor; where there were reports Tuesday that; some displaced people were being singled out and taken away in boats to an unknown fate. 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' '"A direct reference to Australia as the designated leader of the international force was dropped from the wording of the resolution, but Indonesian Foreign ; In brief Colombia unleashes American-trained anti-drug battalion Palm Beach Post Wire Services ; ; BOGOTA, Colombia In an attempt to undercut the guerrillas who profit from the drug trade, Colombia activated on Tuesday a new anti-narcotics battalion, trained and equipped by the United States. Analysts say the riew army unit signals that the military is taking a more aggressive stance toward the guerrillas 'and could propel the nearly 40-year-old conflict into a more violent phase. L Washington's sponsorship of this 950-man battalion demonstrates its growing commitment to help Colombia's besieged government take the offensive against the drug-financed guerrillas. : oThe United States is giving Colombia $289 million in antidrug aid this year making Colombia the No. 3 recipient of U.S. foreign military aid and is crafting an emergency package to provide $500 million more. Multiple births multiply WASHINGTON The number of babies arriving in twins, triplets and more has increased markedly in the past two decades, as fertility drugs soar in popularity and women wait longer to have children. The increase is particularly striking among older women: More twins were born to women in their late 40s in 1997 than in all of the 1980s, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. Overall, the increase in multiple births between 1980 and 1997 is unprecedented, researchers say. The number of infants born in twins jumped 52 percent to more than 104,000 babies in 1997. The number born in larger groups quadrupled to more than 6,700 births. Senate blasts clemency : ..WASHINGTON The Senate denounced the Clinton administration's clemency deal with Puerto Rican separatists on Tuesday, and one Republican accused the administration of blocking FBI testimony at a hearing on the deal. In a 95-2 vote, the Senate criticized the arrangement that allowed 1 1 Puerto Ricans on Friday to leave federal prisons where they had been held for nearly two decades. The House approved a similar resolution last week 31141. Spy seeks new plea : WASHINGTON Former CIA officer and convicted spy Al-drich Ames is seeking to renegotiate his 1994 guilty plea, saying in a court filing that he agreed to a life sentence only to avert a long prison term for his wife, which would have deprived his young son of both parents. ; The habeas corpus motion was drafted by Ames, who has been spending much of his free time in the law library of the maximum security federal prison in Allenwood, Pa. John Martin, the Justice Department lawyer who supervised the prosecution of Ames and has since retired to private practice, said Tuesday that the vast majority of such motions fail. tost, found: $1.4 million : pDEFUNIAK SPRINGS An auditor searching for almost $400,000 missing from financial records found that money as well as; an extra $1 million officials had been unaware of in Walton County's bank accounts. 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