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Consultative meeting on voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees held.

ISLAMABAD , February 17, 2012 (Balochistan Times): A Consultative Meeting on Voluntary Repatriation of Afghan refugees was held on Thursday by Ministry of SAFRON. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of SAFRON, Ministry of Interior, Home Secretaries of KPK and Baluchistan, UNHCR, CCAR, provincial Commissioners for Afghan Refugees, representatives of the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Returnees (MoRR) in Islamabad and DoRR in Peshawar and Quetta. The Joint Secretary SAFRON, Dr. Imran Zeb Khan welcomed the participants and presented the Agenda, which was approved by the participants. A presentation was given by UNHCR Representative on activities for enhanced voluntary repatriation efforts for Afghan refugees, Coordination, public information and activities related to efforts for enhanced voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees in 2012. The participants deliberated on the issues and acknowledged that all efforts should be made to solicit the support of the international community to resource, enhance and encourage voluntary repatriation to Afghanistan and to enable the sustainable reintegration of those returning to Afghanistan while also supporting programmes in refugee hosting communities in Pakistan. The participants called on all the stakeholders in Pakistan to continue to collaborate in facilitating the maximum voluntary repatriation of the Afghan refugees in honour and dignity in the current year. The participants expressed hope that adoption of a Regional Solutions Strategy and the convocation in Switzerland of the forthcoming International Conference in May 2012 on Solutions for Afghan Refugees will help mobilize additional support and resources for the implementation of the comprehensive durable solutions strategy for Afghans in the region, including repatriation of the recognized Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The participants agreed that the CCAR and CAR in close collaboration with UNHCR offices will undertake a nation-wide information campaign on voluntary repatriation to inform the Afghan refugees about the voluntary repatriation package and assistance. The dissemination of information should include the involvement of the Afghan community leaders. The dissemination of information should be conducted in a coordinated manner through local media, information bulletins, Shura and local Afghan Jirgahs. Alongside the information campaign, CCAR/CAR , UNHCR and partners should have the capacity to counsel those who need special assistance. As per the recent decision on the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Working Group to pursue implementation of the Cabinet approved Management and Repatriation Strategy for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, the Provincial Committees on Repatriation and Reintegration should meet within two weeks and discuss their repatriation plans and objective for the current year and report to the Inter-Ministerial Working Group for appraisal and necessary support. In accordance with existing procedures, the Provincial sub-committees will meet under the Chairmanship of the Home Secretaries. It is decided that each month, the Provincial Committees on Repatriation and Reintegration established under the AMRS will meet and will be on the agenda of the bi-monthly meetings of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group at the Federal level. The Inter-Ministerial Working Group will assesses progress and address issues related to its mandate.

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