Virtual anarchy in East Timor. The pro-Indonesia militia have been blamed for five deaths. Extended Coverage of events.
BREAKING NEWS: Foreign Affairs Minister is about to make a statement in Parliament. Don McKinnon live from the house. "We remain very concerned about the situation….it is primarily Indonesia's responsibility to ensure security…if things go particularly bad we would hope for the UN to be able to escalate its role there….Indonesia is giving this consideration…..APEC begins in Auckland next week…East Timor is not on the APEC agenda however I have no doubt that the issue will be discussed in the margins….East Timor needs all the friends they can get".
VIOLENCE IN DILI: On the streets killings on film outside the UN compound. BBC reporter attacked. The militia surrounded the UN HQ. The only protection comes from the Indonesian police they could control the militia but they don't. Thousands of people stream into the UN compound. In their yearning for independence these people pose a threat for Indonesia. Press Conference room turned into a refugee camp. At the port hundreds of people trying to leave by boat. Kiwi cameraman working for Spanish Television says that at the Army HQ the soldiers laughed at the attacks taking place in the streets.
EAST TIMOR - LIVE INTERVIEW: Ewart Barnsley in Dili Live: Siesta time here now. Tried to leave today at the airport but no luck. No commercial flights out of Dili for two or three weeks at least. When I came back a hotel down the road with journalists in it was attacked by militia men who told all the journalists staying there to leave. This is worse than anarchy it is anarchy backed by the state. At the moment there is a creeping sense of apprehension and fear. We feel this hotel is the safest place in Dili because it is owned by the Indonesian army.
EAST TIMOR - NZ REACTION: Linda Clark - New Zealand in the thick of it. New Zealand police are coming back but army staff are staying. Don McKinnon I/V - I spoke to Indonesian Foreign Minister Alitas last night and he said that he was sending more police we hope they will do what they are supposed to do. Calls for a special meeting at APEC on the crisis. The fact East Timor is on the edge of civil war will be the talk of the town at APEC.
EAST TIMOR - MPS ON WAY HOME: Five New Zealand MPs are believed to be on their way home. Roger Maxwell says it would be good for NZ to keep a presence in East Timor. Phil Goff - NZ and Australia could provide peace and security here. Matt Robson - Indonesia needs to be told that the leaders could face legal sanctions personally if Indonesia does not keep the peace.
EAST TIMOR: Linda Clark Live: Indonesia will have to pull something out of the hat before APEC. China is likely to veto any attempt to put in UN peacekeepers. But there is a glimmer of hope that Indonesia may allow peace keepers in if the ballot is conclusively in favour of independence.
EAST TIMOR : Foreign Affairs say that there
are a dozen NZers still in East Timor and 300 elite
Indonesian police have just