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Refugees in West Timor undecided about going home

Refugees in West Timor undecided about going home

Updated 19 March 2012, 18:55 AEDT

Last month, Indonesian officials carried out a registration process amongst East Timorese refugees in West Timor.

The results showed that the vast majority wanted to remain in Indonesia, rather than return to their homes. However a refugee worker in the border town of Atambua says many of the refugees really want more time to make up their minds. Navida Kristi Astuti from JRS - the Jesuit Refugee Service - says the refugees want to wait for the outcome of elections in East Timor on August the 30th before deciding on their future. However she told Peter Mares that the time-table laid out by Indonesian authorities makes this difficult.

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