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U.S. Advocates Resolution of Nepal-Bhutan Refugee Problem
on 2000/12/2 8:46:02 ( 1053 reads )


KATHMANDU,NEPAL, December 1, 2000: Advocating a peaceful resolution for the refugee problem in Kathmandu Nepal, is a top U.S. envoy for Asia, Karl Inderfurth, assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs. Since the early 1990's, Hindu refugees numbering over 98,000 have lived in UN-supervised camps in Nepal after fleeing Buddhist Bhutan. After several rounds of ministerial talks between Kathmandu, Nepal and Thimpu, Bhutan, neither country will verify the status of the refugees. Thimpu claims that non-Bhutanese live in the camps while Kathmandu insists Thimpu restore Bhutan citizenship to the displaced refugees. Inderfurth, scheduled to leave Bhutan on Monday, December 4th, would like to see a successful completion of this issue.

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