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Serbia-Montenegro remains European country with largest number of refugees

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BELGRADE, Jun 20, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Serbia-Montenegro has remained the European country with the most refugees, the UN refugee agency said Monday.

Although the number of refugees has diminished dramatically, the issue of refugees remains a major problem in Serbia-Montenegro, the Belgrade office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement to mark World Refugee Day, which falls on Monday.

Ten years ago, there were half a million refugees in Serbia- Montenegro, and currently the population of registered refugees is near 150,000, the statement said.

It said the Sarajevo declaration should be honored. According to the declaration, Serbia-Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia- Herzegovina should resolve the problem of refugees in their respective countries by the end of 2006.

Serbian Commissioner for Refugees Dragisa Dabetic has said that Serbia would try to resolve the problem of refugees mostly through the process of their integration into the local environment or their returning to their homes in Croatia or Bosnia-Herzegovina.