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BRAVE 80 DIG IN AT TIMOR HQ.

EIGHTY brave volunteers were last night staying put in the UN compound in East Timor which is sheltering terrified refugees.

They vowed to hold on as 500 colleagues were flown to Australia.

British policemen Mike Holdsworth, 39, from Suffolk, Phil Caine, 38, from Letchworth, Herts, and Nigel Dransfield, based in Windsor, were among those who ran a gauntlet of killer mobs through the capital Dili to escape.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday urged Indonesia to accept foreign military help to stop the violence by local militia which has left up to 20,000 dead.

He warned that if Indonesia refused it would be responsible for "crimes against humanity".

Premier Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton yesterday told Indonesia it risks losing Western economic aid if the violence, sparked by an overwhelming vote for independence, continues.
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Author:Foreign, MARK DOWDNEY
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 1999
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