Subject: KY: Japan grants $27.5 mil. to E. Timor to fix infrastructure

Japan grants $27.5 mil. to E. Timor to fix infrastructure JAKARTA, July 14 Kyodo

Japan gave $27.5 million in development funds to East Timor on Friday to cover infrastructure repairs and improvements in the devastated territory, the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta said.

'Six project funding agreements worth $27.5 million were signed today between the government of Japan, U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) and the U.N. Development Program (UNDP),' a statement made available to Kyodo News said.

The projects consist of repairs and improvements to the Dili water-supply system, the road linking Dili, Ainaro and Cassa, an irrigation system in Manatutu, facilities in Dili's port and power stations and distribution networks in Dili and 13 rural areas, it said.

'This is the largest contribution made so far for the rehabilitation of infrastructure in East Timor, ' the statement said.

The agreement was signed by Koji Tsuruoka, an official from the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta, Sergio Vieira de Mello of UNTAET and Finn Reske-Nielsen from the UNDP in the presence of East Timorese independence leader Joao Carrascalao, it said.

The Japanese cabinet endorsed the release of funds only hours after the signing in Jakarta, it said.

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