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Angolan foreign affairs delegation checks refugees in Zambia

Luanda, 05/16 - A delegation from the Angolan Institute of Support to Emigration and Angolan Communities Abroad (IAECAE) is in Zambia to discuss with the local authorities the situation of the return to the country of Angolan refugees in Zambia.

The IAECAE director, Sebasti=E3o Paulo Ndombaxi, said Sunday in Solwezi, Zambia's northwestern Province, that their presence in that neighbouring country is also intended to analyse with the local authorities ways to resolve the problem of the return of the over 18,000 Angolan refugees still in Zambia.

Sebasti=E3o Paulo Ndombaxi and the delegation he leads are in Zambia since last Friday to assess the factors that are hindering the return home of the Angolan refugees.

During the meeting held last weekend in Lusaka, Chingola and Solwezi, the Angolan refugees have manifested their wish to come back home, having expressed some criticism to the tripartite commission that organised and carried out the voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees in Zambia.

The refugees appealed to the Angolan authorities to resolve their problem as soon as possible, because they are facing serious difficulties in the zones were they are settled, mainly regarding food.