Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 November 2008

Chad / John Holmes Visit




Chad / John Holmes Visit


NDJAMENA, Chad, November 25, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes is on a week-long official visit to Africa.


In Chad over the weekend, Mr. Holmes met with the Prime Minister and other senior officials, as well as members of the diplomatic and humanitarian community.  He also visited a refugee camp and sites where displaced persons have gathered, and a village to which those displaced have returned.


During his meetings, Mr. Holmes stressed the urgent need for closer cooperation between the Government and international institutions to counter the extremely volatile security situation which is restricting humanitarian operations.  He also appealed for protection for displaced families who have returned voluntarily to their home villages in Chad.


Mr. Holmes is now on his way to Sudan


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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