The ECO Secretary General’s participation in an International Conference on the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees, to Support Voluntary Repatriation, Sustainable Reintegration and Assistance to Host Countries

2-3 May, 2012, Geneva

 

The Secretary General of ECO, H.E. Mr. M. Yahya Maroofi, participated in the International Conference on the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees, to support Voluntary Repatriation, Sustainable Reintegration and Assistance to Host Countries, held in Geneva on 2-3 May, 2012. The invitation was extended jointly by the Foreign Minister of Switzerland and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Conference brought together 60 governments and 40 international organizations with the aim to discuss a joint strategy to find lasting, coherent and unified solutions to the problem of Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons. The delegates also endorsed a new solution strategy in this regard and issued a joint communiqué. The new strategy seeks the commitment of the international community to support the host countries of the Afghan refugees. This is the first joint action with humanitarian and development actors and shall contribute to the stability of the region.

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