Angola calls for good sense from UN refugee agency


The Angolan government has called for good sense from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) concerning the repatriation of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The appeal was made by Angola’s minister of social action, families and women promotion Faustina Alves, who was in eastern Lunda Sul province on Monday to assess the conditions of the DRC refugees.

The Angolan government was currently providing all the support for the conducting of an organized repatriation process, said the minister, urging UNHCR to adopt immediate measures to aid the Angolan government to protect and facilitate the repatriation process.

At least 8,000 refugees out of the overall 23,600 located in Lovua, a city in eastern Lunda Norte province, abruptly walked towards Angola’s border with the DRC on Sunday.

The Angolan government is negotiating with the remaining refugees to dissuade them from returning to the DRC without the creation of logistical condition for their relocation.

The recommendation for remaining at the Lovua refugee field was issued by the relevant parties involved in the repatriation process, namely Angola, the DRC and UNHCR.

In June, some 85 percent of the refugees expressed willingness to return home, saying that the causes that forced them to abandon their country no longer existed.

Earlier negotiations have decided that the Angolan authorities needed to soon reach an agreement with the DRC for compliance with repatriation norms, and speed up Angola/DRC/UNHCR tripartite meeting to determine the date for the beginning of the repatriation process.

Congolese refugees have been found in eastern Lunda Norte province since May 2017. Enditem

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