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23 Oct 1997 description

(1:23am AEST)
The United Nations refugee agency -- the UNHCR -- has announced it's to start repatriating the last major group of Tajik refugees from Afghanistan tomorrow, Friday.
The agency said the first group of 320 refugees would be leave their camp near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and cross the border into Uzbekistan, travelling on to Tajikistan by train.
The Sakhi camp is believed to hold up to seven thousand people.
More than 50-thousand Tajiks fled to northern Afghanistan during the civil war in the former Soviet republic four years ago.

16 Oct 1997 description

12:06 p.m. Eastern

ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The location of thousands of Tajik refugees was unclear
on Thursday after the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said they had not moved from the Sakhi
camp in northern Afghanistan.

Earlier the International Federation of the Red Cross said about 5,000 Tajik refugees had crossed
from Afghanistan into neighbouring Turkmenistan on Wednesday.

''We have talked to our people in Mazar-i-Sharif and we have been in radio contact with the camp