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Church World Service postpones reopening West Timor work

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) -- Church World Service has postponed plans to reopen relief work in troubled West Timor.

The ecumenical church agency suspended operations in September after pro-Indonesia militias murdered three United Nations relief workers and 400 foreign charity staffers were evacuated.

Church World Service will only resume work ''when the situation is secure,'' spokesman Rick Santos said.

In the past year, the agency has helped 10,000 refugees from East Timor with health and hygiene supplies, food, tents and bedding. They are among an estimated 120,000 refugees in West Timor camps.

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