Subject: LUSA: Serious Health Problems as Indonesian Doctors Flee Territory
Date: Sat, 06 Mar 1999 08:30:13 -0500
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

26 FEV 99 - 19:07 East Timor: Serious Health Problems as Indonesian Doctors Flee Territory, say "Liurai" Tribal Leaders

Lisbon, Feb. 26 (Lusa) - A visiting delegation of East Timor tribal leaders ("Liurais") has informed Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio that urgent intervention is needed to "save lives" in East Timor. Health facilities in the half-island territory are gravely affected by the ongoing flight of Indonesian medical personnel. Many doctors and other professionals have abandoned East Timor since Jakarta announced in January that it was willing to consider withdrawing from the territory it has occupied since 1975. "The Dili hospital has stopped functioning as there are no doctors" to aid victims of violence provoked by civilian militias, Liurai spokesman Manuel Tilman said Friday in Lisbon. The Liurais asked Sampaio to forward to the United Nations a request that a neutral international peace force be sent to East Timor. The international community should consider that the East Timorese have "just as much right" as the Kosovar Albanians or the Kuwaitis to assistance that will end the killing in East Timor, Tilman said. -Lusa-

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