Jakarta Post, Indonesia
THE VOTES of many East Timorese have literally been paid for in the blood of their brothers and sisters. Their reward might be the creation of the world's newest nation. Here is a humbling lesson for those in many countries, including Australia, where the right to vote in democratic elections is sometimes taken too lightly.
The Age, Australia
THE RESPONSE from those who might have the power to prevent disaster in East Timor has been tepid at best. Because its own credibility is at stake, the UN must see to it that democracy prevails in East Timor. If independence wins, outsiders have a duty to assist in the birth of a new nation. The UN can either prepare for intervention now or try to cope with a humanitarian disaster when war breaks out.
Boston Globe, US
THE SITUATION in East Timor may deteriorate to the point where outside intervention is necessary. But having insisted on retaining responsibility for East Timor's security for the next few months at least, Indonesia can't walk away from the problem when it suits its purposes. The success of the ballot and the safety of the East Timorese are in the balance. So is the credibility of a country which claims to have turned its back on the quasi-military dictatorship of the Suharto era. Indonesian troops must do the job they claim to have set out to do.
Sydney Morning Herald,