Sunday, September 19, 1999 Published at 23:12 GMT 00:12 UK
Annan accuses Indonesian military
Soldiers and militiamen are both guilty, Kofi Annan says
The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has said it is clear that elements in the Indonesian army played a role in militia atrocities in East Timor.
Mr Annan indicated that he favoured the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to examine the mounting evidence of human rights abuses.
"Those responsible for these atrocities must be made to account," he said.
Unexpected level of violence
"No one expected the kind of carnage and the chaos that was created immediately after the results of the ballot were announced," he added.
As the Australian-led multi-national force travels to the territory, Mr Annan described himself as cautiously optimistic that talks conducted between senior Australian and Indonesian military commanders earlier on Sunday would help smooth the way for its successful deployment in East Timor.
The UN Secretary-General said he hoped the pro-Indonesian militia groups there would not try to take the peacekeepers on and warned anyone considering resorting to violence that the multi-national soldiers had the capacity to defend themselves.