Based on decisions adopted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, repatriation of Iraqi nationals living in Iran will not be pursued, an Iranian official said Sunday, IRNA reported from Tehran.
Director General of the Interior Ministry`s Bureau for Alien and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) Ahmad Hosseini said that any repatriation of Iraqi refugees to their home country is self-motivated and illegal.
He stressed that under the ongoing situation in Iraq, Iran will never ensure security in Iraqi cities. He added that the life security and rights of Iraqi refugees would be fully observed under the supervision of the United Nations.
"Based on an agreement made between Iran and the UN High Commissioner for Refugee, repatriation process which had been expected to be implemented at the end of the Iranian month of Mordad (August) was cancelled due to the explosion in the UN office in Baghdad," he said.
He further put the number of Iraqi refugees fleeing to Iran at 202,000, and said that the UNHCR has taken no new decision on repatriation of refugees so far.
A massive truck bomb at UN headquarters in Baghdad on August 19 left at least 24 people killed and over 100 wounded. The UN top envoy to Iraq Vieira de Mello was among the dead.
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