Timor Activity Update: 16 Nov 1999

Report
from International Organization for Migration
Published on 16 Nov 1999
There is an urgent need to return East Timorese displaced from West Timor and elsewhere in Indonesia to their communities of origin in order for rehabilitation, reconstruction and development to begin as quickly as possible. The safe and orderly return transportation of displaced persons is the responsibility of IOM by agreement and in close cooperation with UN HCR.
Summary
  • Today, IOM and UNHCR organized the first successful repatriation b y sea from the isolated enclave of Oecussi, in West Timor. 619 returnees boarded an IOM chartered ferry in the port of Wini and were taken to Liquica, in East Timor. Wini is the third port to be opened for repatriation after Kupang and Atapupu. Rotations between Wini and Liquica will conti nue for at least a week.
  • 337 East Timorese have been repatriated on board a second IOM chartered ferry from Atapupu to Dili. In addition, 183 returnees were f lown from Kupang to Dili on board two IOM chartered planes.
  • Three overland movements from West Timor were also organized today allowing 1,189 East Timorese to return from Atambua to Batugade.
  • As of 16 November, IOM has organized the return by land, sea and air of 37,726 East Timorese from West Timor (Wini, Atapupu, Atambua, Kupang) from Indonesia (Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Maumere) and from Australi a.So
    far, over 66,000 people have returned in an organized or in a spontaneo us way to East Timor.
Returns by land
  • A total of 3,314 East Timorese have been successfully repatriated from Atambua/Atapupu to Badugade and from Haekesak to Maliana.
Returns by sea.
  • From Wini to Liquica: 619 East Timorese were returned on board the IOM chartered "Balibo" from Wini to Liquisa on 16 November.
  • From Atapupu to Dili: To date, IOM has repatriated 12, 028 people from Atapupu to Dili. The port of Atapupu is 230 km east of Kupang and 20 km north of Atambua, the main town in Belu district, which runs along the border wi th East Timor.
  • From Kupang to Dili: To date, IOM has repatriated 11,883 East Timorese from Kupang.
  • From Maumere to Dili: To date, IOM has repatriated 104 East Timorese from the Island of Flores.
Returns by air
  • To date, IOM has repatriated 5,868 East Timorese from Kupang and 3,568 from Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar and Maumere
  • A total of 342 East Timorese have so far been repatriated by IOM from Darwin to Dili. They are part of a larger group of approximately 1,500 persons who had been evacuated from the UNAMET compound in Dili in September
    1999.
Funding
  • IOM has made an appeal to the international community for US$ 25,565,000 for its Timor activities. This includes US$ 23,250,000 for t he return of displaced people to East Timor. IOM's mid- to long-term plans are to implement programmes in the areas of return of qualified nationals, migration management capacity building, mobile information and referral services to strengthen the rehabilitation and recovery of Timor as well as, in cooperation with UN agencies, community rehabilitation.
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