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Indonesian Govt. Says Dili Is In Army's Control

By Selwyn Manning

The Indonesian army has instituted martial law in East Timor tonight and now has retaken control of Dili. That’s the message given to Scoop only minutes ago by Indonesia’s economy media officer to the APEC leader’s summit in Auckland, Wahid Supriyadi.

Mr Supriyadi insisted that there were no deaths in East Timor last night and that the army’s task of disarming the pro-Jakarta militia is well underway.

“Our army is in the process of achieving full disarmament of not only the militia but also all others armed and fighting in East Timor,” Mr Supriyadi said.

He said the fighting has yet to be totally stopped, but that it is now clear the civilian Government remains fully in control of its military.

Reports from Jakarta also show control is passing back to B.J. Habibie’s control.

The Jakarta Post is also trashing rumours of a coup in Indonesia, reporting Indonesia’s Minister of Defense and Security, General Wiranto, as insisting the civilian government is in control.

Wiranto also disputes President Habibie is about to resign.

Speculation has been rife for the past 24 hours that a military takeover in Indonesia is imminent. Reports circulating about the Auckland APEC media contingent unofficially suggest the Indonesian President B.J. Habibie has lost control of the Indonesian army.

Those suggestions are being rubbished tonight by Wiranto. A tense Indonesian Government delegation at APEC’s Auckland ministerial meetings sat stoney faced and silent at this evening’s press conference, called to discuss events on the past 24 hours.

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