U.S. willing to resettle more Bhutanese refugees living in Nepal

15:44, June 11, 2010      

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The United States has expressed interest in taking more Bhutanese refugees living in eastern Nepal for resettlement, local media reported on Friday.

The visiting U.S. Deputy Under-secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration Kelly Clements said on Thursday during meeting with Nepali Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala.

"U.S. is willing to take more refugees to the U.S.," said Koirala about her meeting with Kelly.

According to myrepublica.com report, Kelly discussed with Koirala issues of Bhutanese refugees.

"A permanent solution to the Bhutanese refugee issue lies in their safe and honorable repatriation to Bhutan," said Koirala.

Some 107,000 Bhutanese refugees have been living in eastern Nepal for the last 18 years. According to the report, altogether, 31,875 Bhutanese refugees have settled in third countries since 2007, with 27,723 refugees going to the United States alone.



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