The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North

The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

PM says repatriation is first priority

In his meeting with the visiting United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres at Baluwatar, on Tuesday afternoon, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has said that repatriation still remains the first priority of Nepal government.

Amid offers for third country resettlement by the United States and other western countries, PM Koirala told the visiting delegate that resettlement is of second priority.

PM's foreign policy adviser Dr. Suresh Chalise told media that PM Koirala also requested Guterres to apply pressure on Bhutanese government to allow safe repatriation of its refugees. Guterres is leaving for Thimpu after completing his three-day visit to Nepal.

Guterres also met with Foreign Minister Sahana Pradhan on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier, talking to reporters upon his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport on Tuesday, Guterres hoped the Nepal government would be able to find a permanent solution to the crisis soon. He said his tour would focus on getting detailed information about the Bhutanese refugees. sd May 22 07

1 comment:

  1. Well repriation is a good option only if the government of Bhutan takes guarantee of respectful repraiation and also to solve the problem for good. If their own people are treated as foreigners, its better to go for third country settlement, I wonder which is the second country resettlement? Is it Nepal? Hope for fastest solution of this long human problem.