Refugees can come home, official says
A Timor Leste diplomat said today that tens of thousands of refugees living in Indonesia would be free to return home without fear of reprisal.
Feliciano da Costa, consul to Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province, said his country would provisionally welcome former residents with open arms.
“Principally, the door is open. However, they must equip themselves with good education in order that they can work together in developing their homeland.”
About 40,000 East Timorese refugees still live as farmers in various camps in East Nusa Tenggara, according to official data.
An estimated 260,000 people fled East Timor amid a wave of violence following the August 1999 independence referendum.
Use forms that are peaceful, non-radical, non-violent and full of charity to fight for social justice, says Cardinal Zen
Nobody is above the law, not even the police, says bishop
Christian leaders seek dialogue for peace and a stop to war-mongering
Move follows demand that government investigate all killings of journalists and act without delay
Archbishop tells educators' convention lessons will instill 'care for the poor and the environment'