Subject: UNTAET: ET delegation visits West Timor to start reconciliation process

East Timor delegation visits West Timor to start reconciliation process

BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Jan 25, 2002

Text of report in English by United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) press office on 25 January

A delegation representing East Timor's second transitional government left for Kupang, Indonesia, today [24 January] to attend a series of meetings with their West Timorese counterparts.

The two-day visit is part of an ongoing process to foster reconciliation and facilitate the return of East Timorese refugees still living in West Timor.

The East Timor government's delegation, which is led by UNTAET's head of political affairs Colin Stewart, is scheduled to meet tomorrow with West Timorese officials including West Timor Governor Piet Tallo, head of police Brig-Gen Jacky Uly and a military commander, Colonel M. Moesanip.

On the second day of their visit the delegation is scheduled to meet key players helping to bring about reconciliation and refugee returns. The delegation will return to East Timor on Saturday, 26 February. More than 193,000 refugees have returned to East Timor since October 1999, following September's violence.

Source: UNTAET press office, Dili, in English 25 Jan 02

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