Sudan, Chad Discuss Return of Refugees


Sudan and Chad have launched the third borders meeting for the voluntary return of the Sudanese refugees in camps in eastern chad, and the return of the Chadian refugees from the Sudan to their areas.

Addressing the opening on Sunday was Minister of Social Affairs the acting Governor of West Darfur state, Mohamed Ibrahim Sharaf Eddin, who stressed appreciation to the government and people of Chad for hosting the Sudanese refugees for a long period.

The security and stability encouraged the voluntary return of the refugees, he highlighted while stressing that the government is ready to provide basic services, health services, water and sanitation, education.

In addition, the deployment of troops to maintain security and to extend the state’s sovereignty to ensure the success of voluntary return; he gave directives for the state’s authorities to facilitate movement of the refugees’ leaders to identify the return needs according to the areas visited.

Commissioner for Voluntary Return and Resettlement of Darfur States, Taj Eddin Al Tahir Ibrahim, said that the commission will work in coordination with the relevant bodies to provide the reasons for the stability of returnees.

Commissioner of Chadian Tebiti, the head of the Chadian side, Adam Hassan Fadul, indicated that the ties and common interests between the two people’s and countries, noting the social relations between the two nations, hoping that the three tripartite committee would set arrangements for the return of refugees in both sides.

The Darfur Refugees Commissioner, Moujeeb al-Rahman Mohamed Yagoub Masa’ad, pointed out that the Sudanese refugees in Chad amounted to 300000 refugee living in 12 camps in the East of Chad, while the Chadian refugees amounted to 12000 in Central and West Darfur states.

The UN Refugees High Commission, expressed in the address of its representatives in Chad and Sudan, appreciation to the two government efforts to implement the rules governing the refugees, and to provide services and protection in the refugee’s camps for both the Sudanese and Chadian refugees.

Meanwhile, the refugees’ leaders have expressed readiness for the voluntary return to their areas whenever good living conditions were provided, hailing the decision of the President for the arms collection a matter that would contribute in the success of the voluntary return.