Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda, Uganda and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR have agreed to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of some 18,000 Rwandan refugees from Uganda.
Under the pact signed in Kigali Thursday, a Rwandan delegation would travel to Uganda in October to educate the Rwandan refugees on the programme.
A Mixed Commission of both countries would then assist the refugees willing to return home, while the UNHCR is to provide the logistics necessary for the repatriation.
Rwandan Secretary of State for Social Affairs, Odette Nyiramirimo, the Ugandan Secretary of State in charge of Refugees, Christine Apolu, and Wairimu Karago, UNHCR representative in the Great Lakes region, East and Horn of Africa, initialled the accord.
Uganda hosts between 20,000 and 30,000 Rwandan refugees, who fled the 1994 genocide in their country.