Politics: 'Ghana provides assistance to Rwandan, Yemeni, Syrian refugees'

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana has announced that it has provided assistance for the resettlement of a number of persons from Rwanda and Yemen on the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the US government respectively.

In addition, taking cognizance of the grave humanitarian crises in the Middle East, the country has also decided to provide refuge to some displaced persons in Syria who already have relatives in Ghana, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported on Thursday.

It quoted a statement signed by Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Ms Hannah Serwaa Tetteh as saying the government of Ghana was approached by representatives of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to resettle some of the persons who had been tried and had either been acquitted and discharged or had been sentenced and had served their time but did not find it appropriate to resettle in Rwanda.

“We have decided to respond to the request of the tribunal and have indicated our readiness to take two of such persons and give them residence in Ghana,” the statement said.

Again at the request of the US Government, “we have also agreed to accept two detainees of Yemeni origin who were detained in Guantanamo but who have been cleared of any involvement in any terrorist activities and are being released. They are unable to return to Yemen at the moment and we have indicated our readiness to accept them for a period of two years after which they may leave the country".

Additionally, the Ghana government has decided to allow relatives of members of the Syrian community already resident in Ghana who have been displaced as a result of the conflict in their country to resettle in Ghana.

The statement said in all instances the persons who were being allowed into the country were subject to security clearance and their activities will be monitored during their stay in the country.

“Ghana recognizes that as a member of the international community we have a responsibility to assist in international crises situations having regard to our own resources & capacity to assist, and it is in this regard that the Government has decided to take these actions.

“We wish to assure the public that in doing so we are cognizant of the need to protect the safety and security of our own citizens and are taking all the necessary steps to ensure that is done,” the statement said.
-0- PANA MA 7Jan2016

07 january 2016 05:42:57

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