INTRODUCTION: Donors at a special two-day conference on African Refugee Relief held at the United Nations in Switzerland, on thursday and Friday (9 and 10 April) pledged almost 560 million U.S. dollars to aid Africa's five million refugees.
SV ZOOM IN Mr. Kumbirai Kangai, Minister for Refugees, speaking at news conference
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SEQ. 1: KUMBIRAI: "Almost all those delegates who addressed the conference praised this country for having successfully repatriated those of our nationals who were refugees during the war. These representatives of the international community expressed their great satisfaction that we have managed to achieve so much in so short a time.The delegates were also lavish -- if I can use that term -- in their praise of the Zimbabwe government for the very vigorous efforts it is making in the resettlement and rehabilitation of its people. Great confidence was expressed both in our government and the pragmatic approach of our Prime Minister Comrade Robert Mugabe to the country's problems. In the area of refugees, which I am asked to confine myself to,we will give asylum to refugees from the South and everything possible will be done by the Zimbabwe government to cater for those people. We are already doing that. They are... there is a small number of refugees who have filtered into the country and we feel it is our responsibility; its our internationalistic duty to accord all facilities to our brothers and sisters from the unliberated part of Africa."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Donors at a special two-day conference on African Refugee Relief held at the United Nations in Switzerland, on thursday and Friday (9 and 10 April) pledged almost 560 million U.S. dollars to aid Africa's five million refugees. The pledge had exceed the 450 million dollar target. Ninety-seven delegations had attended the conference, including Zimbabwe's Refugee Minister Kumbirai Kangai, who returned to Salisbury on Monday (13 April) where he briefed the press on the Geneva conference.