The problem of the growing numbers of refugees in Africa has been studied at a commemoration; African Refugee Day, that the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) set up in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
GV INT Seated delegates.
SV Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Dr. Feleke Gedle Giorgis, speaking.
SV OAU Assistant Secretary General, Dr. Peter Onu, speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: FELEKE GEDLE GIORGIS: (SEQ 2) "Ethiopia, on her part, has not only repeatedly declared amnesty to all those Ethiopians who live in exile and set up appropriate mechanisms for their safe return and settlement, but has also encouraged all efforts aimed at their voluntary repatriation. Finally, I wish to reaffirm socialist Ethiopia's readiness to make further sacrifices for the realisation of the aspirations of the peoples of Africa, and to deploy every effort towards the amelioration and elimination of the refugee problem in our continent. Africa shall emerge triumphant. Long live African unity and solidarity."
ONU: (SEQ 3) "It has been officially reported since 1980 that there were about five million refugees on our continent. The rate at which this number of refugees had increased since the last chance or so is extremely great. In 1970, there were only 750,000. At present, the number of African refugees exceeds the population of many states on the continent. About one out of every 75 Africans is a refugee; and at the world level, one out of every two refugees is an African."
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Background: The problem of the growing numbers of refugees in Africa has been studied at a commemoration; African Refugee Day, that the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) set up in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Those who attended included government representatives from many African stated, and delegates from international organisations and non-government groups. In the past eight years, the number of refugees inside Africa has grown from three to five million. The Assistant Secretary General for political affairs at the OAU, Dr. Peter Onu, told the meeting that one out of every 75 Africans living on the continent was a refugee, and every second refugee throughout the world was African. Most of them are women, children and elderly people. Last year, following a conference in Geneva, more than 574 million US dollars were pledged to reduce the problem of Africans refugees. The Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Dr. Feleke Gedle Giorgis, read to the Addis Ababa meeting a statement from his country's leader, Mengistu Haile Mariam.