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Holbrooke Traveling to Portugal

February 11, 2000

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke is expected to travel to Portugal next week to discuss the new U.N. peacekeeping operation in the former Portuguese colony of East Timor, U.S. officials said.

A U.N. peacekeeping force is under deployment in East Timor, replacing Australian-led peacekeepers who restored calm in the territory after its vote for independence from Indonesia on Aug. 30.

Pro-Indonesian militias went on a looting and killing rampage to protest the vote results, destroying most of East Timor and driving tens of thousands of refugees into neighboring Indonesian-held West Timor.

Holbrooke, who will visit Lisbon from Feb. 16-20, has demanded that Indonesia do more to allow the refugees to either return home or resettle elsewhere in Indonesia.

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