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DATE=10/8/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=OGATA - REFUGEES (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-254801 BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN DATELINE=GENEVA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations refugee agency, U-N-H-C-R, says it soon hopes to speed the return of East Timorese refugees from West Timor. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports that on Friday, the agency airlifted more than 170 refugees to the East Timor capital, Dili. TEXT: The head of the refugee agency, Sadako Ogata, calls the repatriation of these first East Timorese refugees a major breakthrough. The U-N refugee agency says it hopes to return to East Timor an estimated 230-thousand refugees living in camps in West Timor. Ms. Ogata says the agency will increase its staff in both West and East Timor so that it will be able to better assist the refugees. She also says the agency is setting up transit centers in Dili to receive more returnees. /// OGATA ACT ONE /// We hope that in the next few days we will increase the number of people who will go back daily to about one-thousand. And, we are setting up capacity to receive them in the transit centers. By the end of next week, we should have the capacity to deal with about 50- thousand people in Dili itself. /// END ACT /// Ms. Ogata says access to the refugees in West Timor is

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