UNHCR to phase down its ops in SL

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The UN (United Nations) said that the operational role of the UNHCR in Sri Lanka will be phase down for many of the reasons.

Responding to a statement by Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres also stated that "the operational role of the UNHCR in Sri Lanka will be phased down for many of the reasons that were elaborated upon in the Ambassador’s statement".

He said the "UNHCR will continue to be committed to supporting voluntary repatriation of some of the refugees of Sri Lanka from India, as well as with the resettlement of the remainder of the internally displaced in their places of origin".

Meanwhile, addressing the 63rd Session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Mr. Aryasinha said that "in contrast to the considerable difficulty and gloom in the humanitarian crises that continue to engulf many parts of the world today, Sri Lanka’s recent achievements provides confidence and hope".

In his address he detailed the considerable progress made over a little over three years - in IDP resettlement, de-mining, re-integration of ex-LTTE combatants, the shrinking of the high security zones, increase of economic growth in the northern province and operationalization of LLRC recommendations.

He said "it lends credence to the position that even the most severe and insurmountable of challenges could be overcome with the political commitment and dedication of the concerned country, and the requisite support provided by the international community. He said Sri Lanka remains ready to share its experience and best practices in post-conflict resettlement and rehabilitation with the international community, and looked forward to strengthening the ongoing cooperation between the UNHCR and member states".
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  • Cobra Thursday, 04 October 2012 12:49 AM

    The UNHCR has finally come to the conclusion that it is no use hanging around here and that SL is a hopeless case?

    Renu Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:17 AM

    Internatrional community will take the necessary action very soon

    Chandana Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:29 AM

    UNHCR is the lost case. They take care of them sleves than taking care of refugees. They spend most of the money for their staff not for refugees.

    srinath.gunaratne Thursday, 04 October 2012 08:36 AM

    Good riddance


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