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DATE=10/26/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=TIMOR / AID (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-255489 BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN DATELINE=GENEVA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations World Food Program, W- F-P, is appealing for more than 21-million U-S dollars to help feed over 400-thousand people in East Timor. Lisa Schlein has this report from Geneva TEXT: The World Food Program says money from the appeal will allow it to continue its emergency food distribution program. W-F-P's Christiane Berthiaume says the money will enable the agency to start a new food-for-work project that will feed people and help to reconstruct and rehabilitate the country. /// BERTHIAUME ACT /// People would be paid in food to rebuild houses, to repair, to pick up all the garbage and everything that's out in the street. /// END ACT /// Ms. Berthiaume says W-F-P is very concerned about the lack of agricultural activity in East Timor. She says normally at this time of year, people are planting crops for next year's harvest. But, she says tens of thousands of people are still displaced. They haven't returned to their villages. They're not working the land. ///2ND BERTHIAUME ACT/// We fear that the crop next year won't be good enough to feed everybody. And, almost all the inhabitants of this island do live from their agricultural products. So, we might need after these six months to prolong this operation. ///END ACT/// Ms. Berthiaume says W-F-P and the Food and Agriculture Organization will send a joint mission to East Timor at the end of November. The agencies will evaluate the harvest and forecast food needs for the coming year. Meanwhile the U-N Refugee Agency says the organized repatriation of East Timorese from West Timor and other parts of Indonesia is going well. An estimated 20-thousand refugees have returned home in just over three weeks. The agency says a new sea route is being opened up, and this will increase the numbers of people returning. However, the agency says militias are preventing refugees in West Timor who want to return home on their own from crossing the border into East Timor. (Signed) NEB/LS/GE/LTD/KL 26-Oct-1999 11:33 AM EDT (26-Oct-1999 1533 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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