Subject: Indonesian Gov't Suspends Closing East Timorese Refugee Camp

TEMPO Interactive May 1, 2002

Indonesian Government Suspends Closing East Timorese Refugee Camp

Kupang: The Indonesian government has suspended the closing of the East Timorese refugee camp in East Nusa Tenggara until June.

Originally, the government planned to close the camp in May.

Stanis Tefa, the Chief of Social Development Bureau in East Nusa Tenggara, said that the government would change its plan concerning with political development in East Timor.

"Xanana was elected East Timor's President and is to be inaugurated on May 20, when the country will declare its independence," he said in Kupang on Wednesday (1/5).

Stanis went on to say that the Indonesia government would not close the camp.

It will facilitate refugees that want to return to East Timor by providing transportation.

"And the government will provide houses for the refugees that want to stay in Indonesia," he said.

(Jeffriantho-Tempo News Room)

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