UN Announces Closure of Refugee Office in Uzbekistan
Thursday, April 20, 2006 10:00 AM

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has closed its office in Uzbekistan in compliance with a demand from Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry (see "RFE/RL Newsline," March 21, 2006), the UN News Service reported on April 19. UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis told a briefing in Geneva the same day that the UN Development Program, acting "under an alternative arrangement," will provide care and assistance to 1,800 refugees in Uzbekistan, most of them from Afghanistan. Previously, the UNHCR had cared for the refugees. DK

Published in: UN Announces Closure of Refugee Office in Uzbekistan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 20 April 2006.

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