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DATE=10/7/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=UNICEF / TIMOR (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-254760 BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN DATELINE=GENEVA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: A senior United Nations Official says access to East Timorese refugees in camps in West Timor has improved in recent days. But, he says aid agencies are still having difficulty in delivering aid to people in certain parts of East Timor. Lisa Schlein in Geneva has more. TEXT: UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, says it has become easier in the last few days to bring relief supplies into West Timor. Abdul Majid Hussein is Deputy Director of Emergency Operations for UNICEF. He says Indonesian authorities have softened their attitude toward outside aid and are now fully cooperating with the United Nations. He says in recent days the Indonesians have allowed their ships and airplanes to transport health kits, drugs, baby food and other needed relief supplies to Kupang, the provincial capital of West Timor. ///HUSSEIN ACT/// I can say with some cautious optimism that there will not be a serious problem of certainly not starvation in my view. There will not be a serious problem if we do our work also well in the health area. Although there is the danger of epidemics, particularly with the rainy season coming. But, if we continue to get the full support of the international community, that also can be averted. ///END ACT/// On Sunday, UNICEF will start vaccinating thousands of refugee children under age five against preventable diseases such as measles. It also hopes soon to resume a polio immunization program, which was interrupted during the violent events in East Timor. Mr. Hussein, who is helping to coordinate the U- N's humanitarian operation in Timor, says aid agencies are still barred from going to many parts of East Timor because of security concerns. He says he is unhappy about this and urges the International Peacekeeping force to grant speedier access to these areas. Mr. Hussein says he believes about 400-thousand East Timorese are still hiding in the hills. /// 2ND HUSSEIN ACT/// They are where they were always. They are just outside their villages, 15-20 kilometers. This has already been established through intelligence. And, so these people are there. But, they will only come down into their villages, into their settlements, once they feel secure. And, I think it will be fair to say they don't feel secure. ///END ACT/// The United Nations estimates about 90 percent of the buildings and houses in East Timor have been damaged or destroyed. In preparation for the monsoon season, Mr. Hussein says aid agencies are bringing in shelter material to help the East Timorese rebuild their houses. (Signed) NEB/LS/GE/KL 07-Oct-1999 09:48 AM EDT (07-Oct-1999 1348 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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