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UN Says 250,000 Afghans Could Return Home


http://gdb.rferl.org/CEC9A1C1-114F-4125-A656-6C264E739B12_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/CEC9A1C1-114F-4125-A656-6C264E739B12_mw800_mh600.jpg Afghan refugees preparing to return home from Pakistan (file photo) (epa) March 3, 2007 -- The UN refugee agency says some 250,000 Afghan refugees could return home this year from neighboring Pakistan and Iran.


According to the UNHCR, some 2.1 million Afghans are still in Pakistan and about 915,000 remain in Iran. Since 2002, a total of 3.7 million Afghan refugees have returned home from neighboring countries.


However, the numbers of voluntary repatriations has been dwindling over the years, with many Afghans having put down roots in their adoptive countries.


(AFP)

Afghanistan And Pakistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad in October 2005 (epa)

ACROSS A DIFFICULT BORDER. The contested border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is some 2,500 kilometers long and runs through some of the most rugged, inhospitable territory on Earth. Controlling that border and preventing Taliban militants from using Pakistan as a staging ground for attacks in Afghanistan is an essential part of the U.S.-led international coalition's strategy for stabilizing Afghanistan. Officials in Kabul have been pointing their fingers at Pakistan for some time, accusing Islamabad or intelligence services of turning a blind eye to cross-border terrorism targeting the Afghan central government. Many observers remain convinced that much of the former Taliban regime's leadership -- along with leaders of Al-Qaeda -- are operating in the lawless Afghan-Pakistani border region.... (more)


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