Sunday, October 28, 2007

US assistant secretary to assess resettlement updates


The US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Ellen Sauerbrey will travel to Nepal, Bhutan and India from October 29 to November 9.

According to State Department, she will meet with refugees benefiting from United States government funded programs in the region during her visit.

She will also assess the progress and implementation of a program that will resettle vulnerable exiled Bhutanese in the United States over the next few years.

While in Nepal, Sauerbrey will meet United Nations and Nepalese government officials working in projects assisting the exiled Bhutanese. She also plans to travel to camps in Jhapa and the newly established resettlement processing center there.

After Nepal, Sauerbrey will travel to Bhutan and India, where she will seek assistance from the Bhutanese and Indian governments in promoting durable solutions, including voluntary repatriation, for the exiled Bhutanese.

In Bhutan, she will hold discussion with ministers, bureaucrats and king on keys issues of bilateral relations and the issue of the evicted Bhutanese taking asylum in Nepal since last 17 years. Bhutan News Service

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