The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, has appealed to world governments to give further financial support to India in its efforts to repatriate refugees from Bangladesh.
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PRINCE SADRUDDIN: "The millions of refugees in India are today returning to their homes. The government of India in cooperation with the authorities in Dacca, are organising this return. They are being provided with transport, with food, medical care and some financial help during the journey...And for the first few days back home. This is an undertaking of vast proportions, since as you know, millions are involved. The government of India has asked me in my capacity as focal point for United Nations assistance to mobilise additional resources. The international community which has done so much to help these people when they depended so much on relief for their survival will not I'm sure fail them support again, now the prospects of the new life lie before them. It is with this in mind that I have approached all governments individually, and that I address myself to you today. Help us with this final effort to solve the tragic problems of the Bengali refugees.
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Background: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, has appealed to world governments to give further financial support to India in its efforts to repatriate refugees from Bangladesh.
The international community has already pledged or given 187 million dollars (72 million pounds sterling) to India to help the refugee problem, and in bilateral aid India has received a further 100 million dollars (40 million pounds sterling).
Prince Sadruddin says India now needs between 173 and 188 million dollars (between 66 and 72 million pounds) to make up its budget shortfall.