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3/18/03

Iran ready to shelter Iraqi refugees in border camps

The Islamic Republic is ready to encounter the crisis of Iraqi refugees in border camps after the US launches its probable attacks against that country, Managing Director of the Foreign Ministry's Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) said on Tuesday.

Ahmad Hosseini added that Iran has set up several refugee camps on the no man's land near the northern border with Iraq to prevent influx of Iraqi refugees to Iran, IRNA reported from Tehran.

"Those refugees who are wanted or threatened by chemical and biological attacks would temporarily be settled in the camps," the official noted.

According to the official, more than 20 international, governmental and non-governmental organizations have expressed readiness to provide the camps with humanitarian reliefs.

On the country's preparations for sheltering the refugees from the southern Iraqi borders, Hosseini said that Iran is scheduled to establish 10 refugee camps in Khuzestan, Ilam and Kermanshah provinces with a capacity of 200,000 people.

Referring to Iran's sheltering of two-million-Afghan refugees, he said that the country is unable to shelter the Iraqi refugees without the help of the UN.

"The UN should be required to provide Iran with a 15-million dollar budget to encounter the Iraqi refugees crisis."

He further briefed reporters on the duties of the Headquarters for refugees Crisis as well as the Headquarters for Iraq Crisis that was set up by the Interior Minister on Monday.

Hosseini who is also head of the Headquarters for Refugees Crisis added that the headquarters has formed several committees including representatives from the Foreign Ministry, Red Crescent, Ministry of Health and police in order to help refugee camps to attract international reliefs, fight against contagious diseases as well as protect the camps.

According to the official, the headquarters is obliged to help evacuate nationals of other states as well as the UN stuff living in Iraq through Iran if they request crossing the official border points.

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