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Bishop Belo calls for return of refugees to East Timor by year's end

Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo has repeated his call for East Timor refugees in Indonesia to return to their homeland by January.

"I have learned of the Indonesian government's plan to end its humanitarian aid (to East Timor refugees) on 31 December. I hope that the refugees will immediately return to their home villages," said Bishop Belo, apostolic administrator of Dili.

Bishop Belo said he did not agree with some refugees who decided to stay in West Timor or other regions in Indonesia. He said they would be cut off from their families and culture in East Timor.

"Repatriation is the best solution to the refugee problem," he said.