U.S. provides assistance to feed Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal
The United States has provided $750,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.
A press release issued by the American Centre in Kathmandu said “The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) provided the funds as part of a recent $11.5 million donation to theWFP.”
The statement quoted WFP Executive Director James Morris as saying, "Thanks to this timely and generous US contribution, there will now be sufficient funding for ninerefugee operations in Africa and a further three in Asia - until the end of this year."
Around 106,000 Bhutanese refugees are languishing in seven United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) administered camps in eastern Nepal since the early 1990’s.
Fifteen rounds of bilateral negotiations between the Bhutanese and Nepalese governments have failed to resolve the refugee impasse.
nepalnews.com pb Sep 18 06