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18 Mar 2003 description

ISLAMABAD, Mar 18 (APP): Pakistan and Afghanistan signed a UN-sponsored tripartite agreement for the voluntary repatriation of some 600,000 Afghan refugees to their homeland, UN officials said here on Tuesday. The agreement was signed in Brussels on March 17 and set up a formal process for resolving the 23-year-old problem of Afghan Refugees in Pakistan - one of the world's long-running humanitarian concerns. The tripartite accord was signed on the sidelines of the Afghan High-Level Strategic Forum.