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OAU refugee conference hears warning of “imminent catastrophe”

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, speaking yesterday (Sunday) at the opening session of a three-day OAU ministerial conference in Khartoum, warned that Africa’s refugee problem was an “imminent catastrophe,” while international assistance was diminishing, news agencies reported. In his opening address, OAU chairman and Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, deploring the number of armed conflicts on the continent, called on Africans to “return to reason, respect human rights and protect minorities,” news agencies said. Delegates from 45 African countries are attending the meeting, aimed at finding durable solutions to the problem of refugees, returnees and displaced persons on the continent.

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