Congo To Repatriate 8,000 Rwandan Refugees

buy geneva;”>This was announced in a joint statement on Friday as agreed upon by both the Government of Republic of Congo and the Government of Rwanda at the conclusion of the bilateral meeting held in Brazzaville on June 17-18, seek 2013.

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In this bilateral meeting, Rwandan was represented at high level by the Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, Seraphine Mukantabana, while of Congo was represented by S.E.M. Basile Ikouebe, Minister of foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Charles Richard Mondjo, Minister in the President Office in charge of National Defense, and Miss Emilienne Raoul, Minister of Social Affairs, humanitarian action and Solidarity.

The two parts shared information on the progress of implementation of the Cessation Clause for Rwandan refugees which is coming into effect on June 30, 2013.

They discussed the points regarding the situation of Rwandan refugees still living in the Republic of Congo, the progress implementation of the recommendations adopted in the Second Ministerial Meeting held in Pretoria on April 18, 2013 and the necessity to organize a tripartite meeting between Congo, Rwanda and UNHCR.

During this bilateral meeting, the representatives of Congo informed Rwanda that they had undertaken initiatives in line with the implementation of the Cessation Clause including sensitization campaigns conducted in refugees’ settlements and dissemination of information to raise the awareness of local authorities and politicians on the matter.

On the side of Rwanda, Minister Mukantabana reassured the Government of Congo of Rwanda’s readiness to receive and reintegrate all Rwandan refugees who will opt for voluntary repatriation and to facilitate those who will choose local integration in the countries of asylum to get Rwandan passports.

8,404 Rwandan refugees are still living in the Republic of Congo, among 12000 who fled there in 1997.


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