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[Published: Monday November 28 2011]

UN High Commissioner for refugees expected in Sudan

Khartoum, (APA)-23 April 2007- Mr António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is excepted in Sudan Monday to discuss the western war-torn region of Darfur, home to a swelling population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Chadian refugees, and to revive interest in the forgotten situation in the countrys east, where Eritreans and Ethiopians have been living in camps for almost 40 years.

Mr Guterres is expected to hold talks with senior Sudanese Government officials, including Foreign Minister Lam Akol, as well as UN staff.

The trip, the second to Sudan by Mr. Guterres, will take place as the UN system has asked UNHCR to expand its operations in Darfur, where clashes between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups have killed more than 200,000 people since 2003 and displaced another 2 million from their homes.

On Tuesday Mr. Guterres will go to El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state, to meet IDPs, local authorities, African Union (AU) officials and staff from UN partner agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

West Darfur, one of three states comprising the vast Darfur region, is home to an estimated 700,000 IDPs, and UNHCR currently has access to about 500,000. Some 25,000 refugees from neighbouring Chad are also living in areas adjacent to the border.

Mr. Guterres is expected at the eastern Sudans Kassala state on Thursday to will visit Kilo 26 and Wad Sherife, two camps for Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees.

Eastern Sudan is home to about 136,000 refugees and there have been camps in that part of the country since 1968, but the situation there is largely forgotten because of the better known refugee situations of Darfur and southern Sudan.

AB/APA/23 April 2007---
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Africa/Migration
MIGIRO TO EMBARK ON WEEKLONG TRIP TO AFRICA

New York, (APA)-23 April 2007- The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro will depart this weekend for a weeklong trip to Africa, where she will visit the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a UN press release.

On the first leg of her trip, Ms. Migiro will go to the capital of the Republic of Congo, Brazzaville, where she will attend an annual meeting with the regional management team of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The UNDP meeting will focus on Africas development agenda in a UN system that is undergoing reform.

While in the country, Ms. Migiro will also meet with Government officials.

She will then travel to the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where she will pay a visit to the UN peacekeeping mission, known as MONUC.

Ms. Migiro, who is originally from neighbouring Tanzania, will also hold a meeting with President Joseph Kabila, among other Government officials.
AB/APA/23 April 2007
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