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Sunday, December 31, 2006

implement all solutions put forward by the UNHCR- Hari Adikari

Bhutanese refugees submit memorandum to PM

Kantipur Report

KATHMANDU, Dec 30 - The Bhutanese refugees on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, urging the latter to resolve the refugee crisis as soon as possible to prevent the situation from worsening into a state of permanent displacement.
Stating that the efforts made by the Government in the past to solve their problems have not been successful, the refugees today urged the government to find a permanent and long-term solution to refugee crisis.

In the memorandum submitted today, the refugees have said that the annual budget cuts by the United Nation’s High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has further worsened their plight.

Likewise, the refugees also urged the PM to implement one or all of the solutions put forward by the UNHCR including repatriation, resettlement in a third country and settlement here in Nepal itself to seek a sustainable solution to the long-standing refugee crisis.

The memorandum was submitted today to PM Koirala by acting Director of the coordinating committee formed to resolve the Bhutanese refugee crisis Hari Adhikari and other camp secretaries.

More than 106,000 Bhunatese refugees have been living in the seven refugee camps in eastern Nepal for the past 15 years.

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