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Timor bishops conclude refugee talks
    Bishops from either side of the Timor border have finished two days of talks focused on the plight of refugees who remain in Indonesian West Timor, saying many are keen to return home.
    While tens of thousands of refugees who fled or were forced out of East Timor following the independence ballot in 1999 have already returned, an estimated 100,000 remain.
    The four bishops concluded their Dili meeting, calling for the smooth return of thousands of refugees who remain in militia-controlled camps in Indonesian West Timor.
    Bishop Carlos Belo, Apostolic Administrator of Dili, and the Bishop of Baucau, Basilio Nascimento, also joined their counterparts from West Timor in declaring their continuing support for Indonesia's efforts in providing security for refugees wishing to return home.
    Two West Timorese bishops travelled to Dili for the two day meeting but there have also been claims made that many who fled East Timor do not want to return.
    The Jesuit Refugee Service says thousands of refugees from militia families or former Indonesian government employees have no desire to go back to East Timor.
   
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8-Jan-01