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    The new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Poul Hartling, who has been touring?

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    SV United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. Poul Hartling steps down from aircraft and greeted by Tanzanian Minister for Home Affairs Hassan Moyo and other officials (2 shots)

    SV Mr. Hartling and Mr. Moyo walk across tarmac into airport building

    GV Dar Es Salaam hotel

    CU Mr. Hartling speaking in English

    HARTLING: "The impression is from my mission that the problems are increasing and that the international community will (indistinct) to meet the needs with more amounts of money and further projects because it is demanding that we cannot let the young boys and girls and students and the refugees live under circumstances they are living under."

    REPORTER: "Mr. Commissioner, I understand that you have seen President Nyerere. What did you discuss with him?"

    HARTLING: "In the different countries I have had the honour to meet ministers, the governments and the heads of state. And today I met President Nyerere and we of course discussed the problems in Tanzania. In Tanzania, especially, the situation is very helpful, very happy. Because they have a great number of refugees, 170,000, but they are being helped very well in this country. They are in settlements, and most of those settlements are handed over or are being handed over to the government, because this is not now refugee settlements and (indistinct) those in them, there is being villages, homes for people, and therefore I think we can say they are not more refugees, but they are, or are being, citizens in a country and they are welcomed here and they like to be here. I think that's a happy solution."

    Mr. Hartling also commented on cooperation between his office and the southern African liberation movements. He said that in many cases the movements organised help for refugees. He added that he thought he could assure anyone that U.N. assistance was used in the right way -- the assistance was provided exclusively for humanitarian purposes. This was the only purpose of the UNHCR, and it was also fulfilled through the liberation movements in the countries concerned. Mr. Hartling took up his position some five weeks ago.

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    Background: The new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Poul Hartling, who has been touring southern Africa says that the refugee problems in the area are increasing. He gave his assessment after meeting Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere and representatives of southern African liberation movements.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Hartling, a former Danish prime minister, arrived in Tanzania from Zambia on the sixth leg of a fact-finding tour. He was warmly greeted at the airport by a number of officials, including Minister of Home Affairs Hassan Moyo. His tour has also taken him to Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana. He spoke to newsmen at a Dar Es Salaam hotel following his talks with President Nyerere.

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