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TV1 News - EAST TIMOR and NEW ZEALAND

Published: Thu 9 Sep 1999 06:30 PM
TV1 News - EAST TIMOR and NEW ZEALAND
East Timor Extended Report and the naming of New Zealand's America's Cup defender.
Presenters
Timor Crisis - powerful Foreign Ministers find they are powerless.
Linda Clark - reporting.
Alexander Downer says - to go to war with Indonesia would be a major mistake.
LC: Marathon day of talks. But as the talking goes on so does the killing They may include members of the world's most powerful nations and three-quarters of the world's economic out-put but they are powerless to take any action.
Don Mckinnon says - This issue is too big for us. This issue belongs firmly in New York and Jakarta.
LC: Ministers simply agreed to keep talking. No undertaking to send troops from the meeting and no formal written statement as argued for by Australia.
Alexander Downer says - you have to understand the realities of the world.
Meanwhile in Jakarta Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas says that "deadlines of 48 hours are not realistic".
The US say they are not interested in a fight with Indonesia and are not giving any indications of willingness to offer peace-keepers.
The PM did not attend the meeting but she has spoken with Bill Clinton.
PM press conference - "if the disorder continues then I have no doubt the international community will reconsider the position."
Exclusive Interview with Indonesian Trade Minister - Duncan Garner.
Indonesian economic minister says his President is still in charge and that Indonesia will restore law and order in East Timor. I have spoken to the President and there is no coup, he says.
Anger at Canberra unleashed at Australian flag in Jakarta. In Darwin the Australian Army prepares. 2000 troops prepared for the worst.
Meanwhile the safety of those in the UN compound is questionable - the UN says it is doing what it can to keep the militias at bay.
Linda Clark Live:
Q: There has been lots of talk of a strong message is he right?
The ministers put a spin on it, but it really is an exercise in futility. W. Indonesia has too large a military to contemplate doing anything without there agreement.
The question on everybody's mind is what is on Wiranto's mind. Optimists are saying that in three weeks the assembly is to ratify the vote and around that time there may be a window of opportunity for Indonesia to agree to peace-keepers. But until then it is not likely.
As for Dili the latest information is that the Indonesian's have raised that place to the ground.
AMERICAS CUP - Sir Peter Blake's New Zealand America's Cup defender was named today - and the name is "New Zealand" - in a live cross by Lady Blake.
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