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IDPs in the North Caucasus: political will and resources are needed to provide solutions

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PACE's Committee on Migration today said that addressing the situations of protracted displacement of populations in the North Caucasus will require "will demand sustained political will and allocation of resources, and may require capacity strengthening of some state institutions".

According to the text adopted on the basis of proposals by the rapporteur (Nikolaos Dendias, EPP / CD), a process based on human rights, more transparent procedures, better communication with IDPs and increased participation of the latter will also be essential.

The Committee expressed concern at the likely deterioration of living standards of people over time "if the government does not intervene more effectively." According to the text adopted, the UN agencies have left the North Caucasus in late 2011 and no longer undertake new projects for the benefit of IDPs. Towards the end of 2011, there were at least 19,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), 350,000 returned IDPs and 30,000 refugees in the region.