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DATE=11/2/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N-H-C-R / EAST TIMOR (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-255736 BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN DATELINE=GENEVA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The U-N refugee agency says anti-independence militias are obstructing the return of East Timorese refugees from camps in West Timor. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports the agency says the militias also are preventing aid workers from gaining access to the refugees. TEXT: The U-N refugee agency says few East Timorese are showing up at the agency's processing center in Kupang, the capital of West Timor. The U-N-H-C-R says this is because the refugees who remain are in places controlled by pro-Indonesian militias. The agency says virtually all the people who were living temporarily in church facilities in West Timor have gone home. U-N-H-C-R spokesman Kris Janowski says aid workers are encountering difficulties in camps dominated by the militias. He says in one incident aid workers were met with such hostility the police had to be called. Mr. Janowski says the Indonesian government has a responsibility to guarantee the well-being of refugees in West Timor. /// JANOWSKI ACT /// The Indonesians are gone from East Timor. But, part of East Timor's population is still in West Timor, probably held there against their will. It is really up to the Indonesian government to essentially accept that things should start anew and that the policy should change and these people should be allowed to return to East Timor. /// END ACT /// The Indonesian government estimates about 219-thousand refugees remain in West Timor. The government says up to 70-percent of them want to go home. But the U-N refugee agency says it believes that figure may be higher. The refugee agency says 36-thousand-800 East Timorese have returned from West Timor and other parts of Indonesia. That includes 12-thousand-700 who have returned on their own from camps in West Timor. Meanwhile, U-N agencies are gearing up for a mass return of up to 300-thousand people who have been hiding in the hills of East Timor. They fled the violence which erupted after the pro-independence referendum August 30th. The agencies say the displaced people will require food, shelter, and other relief supplies. (SIGNED) NEB/LS/JWH 02-Nov-1999 11:33 AM EDT (02-Nov-1999 1633 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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