Subject: Indon govt to build 1,200 houses for East Timorese refugees

Jakarta Post [online] October 22, 2001

Govt to build 1,200 houses for East Timorese refugees

JAKARTA (JP): The government, through the Ministry of Resettlement and Regional Infrastructure, will build 1,200 houses in East Nusa Tenggara province in the current fiscal year to accommodate East Timorese refugees wishing to stay in Indonesia, said an official on Monday.

"These houses will be built in three districts -- Belu, Timor Tengah Utara and Sumba Barat," head of the East Nusa Tenggara office of the Ministry of Resettlement and Regional Infrastructure, Piet Djami Rebo, was quoted by Antara as saying in the East Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Kupang.

He said the government had allocated Rp 15 billion (US$1.5 million) in cash from the state budget to build the resettlement sites, which would have roads, potable water facilities, a school and a health center.

Construction had yet to begin, pending the readiness of the locations in the three districts, he added.

The ratio of refugees to local people at the resettlement sites would be 40:60 or 50:50, depending upon the agreement between the refugees and the local people, he said.

Last year, the government also built 2,300 houses in the districts of Belu, Timor Tengah Selatan and Timor Tengah Utara.


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