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    The United Nations' Security Council has called on the Indonesian government to withdraw all of its forces form East Timor immediately.

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    The United Nations' Security Council has called on the Indonesian government to withdraw all of its forces form East Timor immediately.

    After the debate on East Timor on Thursday (22 April), the United States, Japan and Benin abstained from voting on the resolution. The 12 other council members voted for the resolution, which was submitted by Guyana and Tanzania.

    Earlier, the Council rejected a Japanese amendment which would have taken account of Indonesian assertions that the withdrawal had began, referring in the text to "all its remaining forces"---inserting the world "remaining".

    The amendment received only eight affirmative votes, one short of the required minimum for adoption.

    The resolution, as approved, called on all states to respect the territorial integrity of East Timor "as well as the inalienable right of its people to self determination".

    It also requested UN Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim, to have his special representative, Mr. Vittorio Winspeare Guicciardi, continue efforts to resolve the question through further consultations.

    The territory is still regarded as a Portuguese colony, although the Portuguese administration has been withdrawn and the Fretilin political movement unilaterally had declared its independence prior to the entry of Indonesian troops late last year.

    During the debate Indonesia was sharply attacked by Benin, the former French African territory of Dahomy. Benin's representative, Mr. Thomas Boya, said Indonesia's claim to have intervened to prevent chaos and introduce order after independence was an insult to the people of the territory.

    The Chinese delegate and the current Council President, Mr. Huang Hua, said Indonesian obstruction in East Timor had prevented Mr. Guicciardi from conducting his mission satisfactorily.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4377GDULNVIFR9KNI9G7VZ7GC
    Media URN:
    VLVA4377GDULNVIFR9KNI9G7VZ7GC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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