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    Mr. Waldheim, said today that lack of security was the only reason why his special?

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    Mr. Waldheim, said today that lack of security was the only reason why his special envoy Mr. Winspeare Gucciardi didn't reach Fretilin leaders in East Timor. Mr. Waldheim arrived in Australia today, for talks with Mr. Winspeare and the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser. At Kirribilli House in Sydney he held a news conference.

    The United Nations special envoy. Mr. Vittorio Winspeare-G???clardi, left Australia for Geneva yesterday after failing to need Fretilien leaders in East Timor.

    Mr. Winspeare had talks with the UN Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim, immediately ??? Dr Waldheim arrived in ??? yesterday morning.

    Reporters were not allowed to talk to Mr. Winspears after he saw Dr Waldheim at Kirribilli House.

    However, the Secretary-General said Mr Winspeare would be ready to return if arrangements could be made for him to visit Fretilin-held areas of East Timer.

    "We do not consider the mission terminated," he said. "Mr Winspeare will return. He will remain available."
    Dr Waldheim praised Mr Winspeare's courage in attempting to contact the Fretilin leaders.

    "He did visit the northern shores of East Timor but could not get to the Fretilin-held areas.

    "It was not this fault and it was not the fault of the Security Council.

    "We are dong our best to implement the United Nations' resolution.

    PAGE 3s Ne UN peace force to Timor at present picture.

    It was not possible at present to send United Nations peacekeeping forces to East Timor, the Secretary-General Dr. Waldheim, said in Sydney yesterday.

    Such a decision would have to be ??? by the UN Security Council ??? would need the co-operation of all the countries involved.

    Dr Waldheim, who is visiting Australia as part of a Pacific tour, refused to be drawn into criticism of., the Australia Government's ???dling of the war.

    He said the UN envoy, Mr. Vittado Winspeare-Guicciardi, had been unable to see Pretilin leaders on the island for security reasons -- not because of communication.

    "The question of communications was solved," he said.

    "Now there is only the problem of getting him there.

    "Neither Australia nor Indonesia, not say other country, is ready to put air transport at Mr. Winspeare's disposal without assurances of a safe passage."
    He spoke to Mr. Winspeare immediately after arriving in Sydney yesterday morning.

    He said the envoy had been able to contact the Fretilin leaders in East Timor from a Portuguese Ship in Darwin harbour.

    "This was d??? with the full consent of the Australian ???ties," he said.

    Asked how he felt about the seizure of the Darwin transmitter Mr Winspeare had been using to contact Fretilin leaders, he replied: "This is an internal matter for the Australian Government. I cannot comment on that."
    Dr Waldheim will make a report on Timor to the Security Council on his return.

    Yesterday afternoon he had talks with the Fretilin Foreign Minister, Mr. Ramos Horta, who said Indonesian planes were bombing four Timor a??? where Mr Winspeares could have landed.

    At a press conference before the meeting Mr. Horta said he would ask Dr Waldheim to press the Indonesian Government to stop the bombing, and to call on the Australian Government to supply a plane to carry Mr Winspears to East Timor.

    Mr Horta said Fretilin would oppose any Asian peacekeeping forces in East Timor.

    He suggested instead "independent" forces from Portuguese colonies such as Mozambique, Guinea Bissau or the Cape Verde Islands.

    Dr Waldheim will meet the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Peacock, this morning before speaking at a luncheon at the National Press Club.

    He will have talks with the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, before leaving on Wednesday.

    Last night he president over a United Nations Association of Australia dinner at the Wentworth Hotel at which seven people were presented with Peace Medals, including the NSW Police Commissioner, Mr Han???n, and Major-General Paul Cullen, chairman of Austcars.

    In Canberra, Mr Peacock expressed deep regret that Mr Winspeare had not been able to have talks with Fretilin leaders in East Timor.

    However, discussion Mr Winspeare had in Darwin with Mr Horta and other Fretilin representatives, would undoubtedly have enabled the envoy to acquaint himself with Fretilin's views and aspirations.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1G08NO2AZRAANHDI7R8XBBTSM
    Media URN:
    VLVA1G08NO2AZRAANHDI7R8XBBTSM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:36:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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