The Nigerian delegate to the United Nations international conference on the refugee problem declared on Saturday (21 July) that his country backed the initiative that led to the conference being held.
GV Nigerian spokesman Oluyemi Adeniji speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: ADENIJI: "Tragedy anywhere in the world should be the concern of mankind generally in view of our common humanity. The initiative for this conference, therefore, is an initiative which my government welcomes. It is an initiative which we hope will find a match in reaction to similar tragic situations in other parts of the world. The plight of the boat people is indeed a tragic one, and has rightly evoked humanitarian instincts. Let us remember, however, that this is only one example of the series of tragic refugee problems which, from time to time, confronts the international community. We share the concern, the immediate concern, for the plight of the hundreds of thousands of refugees from Indochina. The international community must, we believe, by a concrete action, assume its responsibility, and provide adequate assistance."
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Background: The Nigerian delegate to the United Nations international conference on the refugee problem declared on Saturday (21 July) that his country backed the initiative that led to the conference being held. Mr Oluyemi Adeniji -- who is Nigeria's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva -- added that the international community must not forget there were refugees in places other than Indochina. Nigeria is on the west coast of Africa and has more than four million refugees.