Subject: AN: Timor refugee's interest in repatratiation increasing

Antara - The Indonesian National News Agency

November 17, 2001


BODY: Atambua, Nov 17 (ANTARA) - More and more East Timorese refugees in East Nusa Tenggara are getting interested in a government-sponsored repatriation program providing a special allowance to each family that goes home.

The secretary of the task force for the settlement of East Timor refugees in East Nusa Tenggara, DPO Tambunan, confirmed the trend here on Saturday.

Every refugee family that joins the program is given a cash allowance of Rp750,000.

Eighty-five families left for East Timor on Friday and a hundred more are expected to leave on Monday under the program.

"More than one hundred families have already registered for repatriation on Monday. More will possibly follow on the same day. Just let's wait and see," he said.

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