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    Indonesian Foreign Minister, Mr. Adam Malik, has claimed he has evidence that Australian sympathisers are?

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    Indonesian Foreign Minister, Mr. Adam Malik, has claimed he has evidence that Australian sympathisers are helping the leftwing Fretelin independence movement (Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor) in the disputed East Timor territory.

    Speaking to Australian Broadcasting Commission reporter Tony Joyce in the Indonesian capital, Djakarta recently, he gave no further details, apart from saying that light arms had been flown from the Northern Australian town of Darwin, to East Timor, where pro-Indonesian forces, supported by Indonesian "volunteers", took control two weeks ago.

    Asked about the possibility of a United Nations peace-keeping force being sent to East Timor, he said there was no point, as peace and order had already been established.

    Mr. Malik, said that the pro-Indonesian Apodeti party and other pro-Djakarta groups which have set up a provisional Government in the colony, would invite a United Nations fact-finding tour to visit East Timor, perhaps in a year's time.

    But, in spite of Mr. Malik's claims, pro-Indonesian forces asked Indonesia for more troops to restore order on Wednesday (24 December).

    The semi-official Antara news agency appealed for help against "terrorist remnants left by the Portuguese Government".

    Mr. Malik said the evidence of the light arms being supplied to Fretelin will be presented to the Australian Government, and he said that there are also some foreign troops present in East Timor.

    Mr. Malik said Indonesia regretted Australia's support of the recent United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning his country's intervention and calling for the immediate withdrawal of Indonesian troops from East Timor.

    SYNOPSIS: Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Adam Malik, has again accused Australian sympathisers of supplying arms to the Revolutionary Front for an independent East Timor (Fretelin).

    Speaking to Australian Broadcasting Commission journalist, Tony Joyce, in Djakarta recently, Mr. Malik stressed that the Australian Government was not involved.

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