The Common Market Commissioner for Development Aid has expressed grave concern over the refugee crisis in Africa.
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CU Mr. Claude Cheysson, E.E.C. Commissioner for Development Aid, speaking (5 shots)
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Background: The Common Market Commissioner for Development Aid has expressed grave concern over the refugee crisis in Africa. At a new conference on Tuesday (8 July) Mr. Claude Cheysson said that refugees in the Horn of Africa saw little hope of ever returning home. He claimed that camps in Somalia, were likely to become permanent. And he strongly criticised the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying they weren't using their borrowing capacities to the full to improve the situation.
SYNOPSIS: Speaking at the E.E.C. headquarters, Commissioner Cheysson told newsmen that of the two million refugees in Africa, about one third were Ethiopians from Ogaden and Eritrea. He said they now faced being permanent camp dwellers. The refugees problem in South Africa, however, was improving, he claimed, with the independence of Zimbabwe. In Western Africa, the problem was limited to Chad refugees in the Cameroons.
Mr. Cheysson said that the E.E.C. was making a big effort to help the refugees, contributing aid worth eighty-eight million dollars in the past eighteen months. But, two million dollars in aid to drought-stricken Uganda has been delayed because of a breakdown in the region's transport system. Mr. Cheysson had harsh words for the international financial institutions, saying they should be recycling tens of billions of dollars, to assist developing Third World countries.