Subject: ABC: UN looks to clean up East Timor's image

ABC News Online Sun, 8 Apr 2001 18:40 AEST

UN looks to clean up East Timor's image

The United Nations (UN) says it is worried about the spread of misinformation on the situation in East Timor.

The UN says stories about killing and rape in the region have given a bad image and have led to the slow return of refugees from West Timor.

The chief of staff from the UN administration in East Timor, Param Eswaran, has arrived in Kupang in West Timor at the head of a team that will tour camps where thousands of refugees are still living.

"We have brought with us a whole stack of information material, but particularly important at this point in time - we are approaching this visit with an Easter orientation and I have been bringing along with me a message signed by the two bishops," he said.

"This is a special message of appeal to the Timorese people who are here to come back, especially at this time of Easter."

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