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Dili yet to settle Indonesia asset claims

Jakarta Post - January 25, 2008

Indonesia – The government of Timor Leste has yet to conclude arrangements for Indonesians wishing to reclaim their assets deserted in the country post the 1999 secession referendum, East Nusa Tenggara Deputy Governor Frans Leburaya said Thursday.

He said Jakarta was awaiting initiatives from Timor Leste to allow such asset redemption for Indonesians, who fled to escape riots and massacre ensuing the referendum.

Leburaya also said the Indonesian government was close to completing the construction of houses for Timor Leste refugees, with full completion slated for 2009.

"Every refugee needs to be relocated to a decent location or join the transmigration program in Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku or other regions," he said.