Minister roots for the tackling of refugees' woes

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Foreign Minister Ali Mwakwere Thursday stressed the need to tackle the root causes of instability and the subsequent influx of refugees in Africa.
Makwere noted that many African countries have a large number of refugees despite the international community's willingness to assist in solving the problem facing refugees globally.
The minister was speaking in his office during a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres who has been visiting the region, starting with Sudan and Chad.
Kenya felt it was obliged to help her brothers and sisters in distress and that was why she has historically accepted to host so many refugees since attaining independence in 1963.
The minister said that currently the challenge was to relocate Sudanese and Somali refugees to their respective countries.
And the effective relocation of Sudanese refugees could only take place with the reconstruction of infrastructure in southern Sudan He requested the international community to consider improving the infrastructure in Kenya when addressing the post-war reconstruction efforts in Southern Sudan.
Guterres said that it was important to encourage the refugees to return home and at the same time expressed hope that when the referendum takes place in Southern Sudan, all refugees would have relocated there.
On Somalia, he said more than a million refugees have returned in the past weeks and called for support in re-building the country.

01 september 2005 17:04:00

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