Tuesday, September 21, 1999 Published at 09:42 GMT 10:42 UK
UN food drops delayed
Refugees have worn Indonesian flags to deter militia attacks
The United Nations will not now resume air-drops of food and other emergency supplies to East Timorese refugees until Wednesday - because Dili airport is too busy.
Mr Wimhurst said delays on Sunday and Monday were caused by "Indonesian sensitivity" over the deployment of the multinational UN force.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, said she had won a commitment from Indonesian President BJ Habibie to allow a resumption of the flights.
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As many as 190,000 people are still believed to be hiding in the mountains of East Timor, in conditions described by aid agencies as "severe".
"The people are in a terrible position," said Sri Endah Wahyu, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spokeswoman in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
"A mobile hospital will soon be arriving from Australia," she said, adding that though the ICRC office in Dili had been ransacked by militiamen, its warehouse had not been damaged or looted.
Exiled in West Timor
Mrs Ogata, the UNHCR chief, has been lobbying the Indonesian government to allow her agency to establish a presence in West Timor, where as many as 200,000 refugees are living in make-shift camps.
Earlier, Mrs Ogata visited three refugee camps near the border between East and West Timor, and in the main West Timorese town, Kupang.
She said the "most important thing" was that the refugees were given the choice of returning to East Timor or being resettled in Indonesia.
"It is more complicated than Kosovo, which was mostly a return. These people will vote with their feet by deciding where to go," she said.
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