Up to 10,000 face relocation in Timor Leste - Airport expansion planned as ASEAN membership nears

Author: Thomas Ora, ucanews.com, Published on: 23 May 2013

The Timor Leste government’s plan to expand a major airport in Dili might sound good for the development of the new nation preparing for ASEAN membership, but relocation looms for thousands of villagers. Up to 10,780 people living in four villages located close to the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airporta may be moved to make way for the project…Membership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which Timor Leste requested in 2011, is one of the driving forces behind the expansion, given the importance of sound infrastructure and development agendas for the regional bloc…“It’s okay if we have to get out of this village, but please give us compensation,”…[a villager] said.

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