Subject: AN: Former TNI Members Still Living in Ex-Refugee Camps

Former TNI Members Still Living in Ex-Refugee Camps

August 28, 2003 12:48am Antara

Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara, Aug 26 (ANTARA) - About 700 members and civil servants who worked for the Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) when East Timor was an Indoneisn province are still staying in ex-refugee camps here, a top military officer said Tuesday.

Of the number, 600 families had settled in houses the TNI had provided for military personnel, Udayana regional military chief Maj.Gen. Agus Soeyitno said.

Accompanied by Wirasakti district military commander Colonel Moeswarno Moesanip during his visit here, he said his party promised to work hard to provide the remaining with housing facilities.

The total number of TNI members of former East Timor who still live in East Nusa Tenggara province reaches 936, while 364 others are civil serants working for the TNI , he said.

East Timor was a province of Indonesia from July 1976 to October 1999. As the result of the anti-integration camp's victory in the UN-sponsored plebiscite in August 1999, the province seceded from the republic in October 1999.


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