Subject: Malaysia expresses concern on East Timor camps

Bernama, July 29, 2000

Malaysia expresses concern on East Timor camps

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia has expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in some refugee camps in West Timor, its Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mohammad Kamal Yan Yahaya, said.

"We are particularly dismayed that small groups of thugs are carrying out with impunity a campaign of intimidation in these camps," he said at the UN Security Council briefing on the situation in East Timor, yesterday.

His statement was faxed to Bernama by Malaysia's Permanent Mission to the UN.

Malaysia, he said, deeply regretted the seriously deteriorationg security conditions had caused the cancellation of registration of East Timorese refugees in the main camps in Kupang and the border district of West Timor.

"Also, the repeated abuse and threats by the militias on the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and UN High Commisioner for Refugees (UNHCR) staff are a serious cause of concern," he told Bernama.

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