Subject: LUSA: Malaysia Finances Reconstruction of Baucau Mosque

29 Jun 01 21:19 East Timor: Malaysia Finances Reconstruction of Baucau Mosque

The government of Malaysia will finance reconstruction of the mosque destroyed last March during riots in Baucau, East Timor's second city, a spokesperson for the territory's UN transition administration (UNTAET) said on Friday.

Barbara Reis told media that a Malaysian delegation had met Friday with UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello and delivered a donation of dlrs 60,000 to be used to rebuild the Baucau mosque.

The head of Malaysia's mission in Dili, Mohamad Rameez bin Yahaya, told Vieira de Mello that the donation was a sign of his government's concern over the difficulties faced by the East Timorese population. "We continue to be interested in the construction of a multi-religious society", the Malyasian diplomat said.

He added that a group of ten East Timorese students would travel next week to Malaysia to begin a course in medicine, under terms of a technical cooperation program.

JBC -Lusa-


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