STATEMENT BY HON’BLE MR . GANESH PRASAD
SINGH MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AND MEMBER OF THE INDIAN DELEGATION ON AGENDA ITEM 39 : REPORT OF THE UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR
REFUGEES, QUESTIONS RELATING TO REFUGEES, RETURNEES AND DISPLACED PERSONS AND
HUMANITARIAN QUESTIONS AT THE THIRD
COMMITTEE OF THE 60TH SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON NOVEMBER 10, 2005
My delegation would like to congratulate the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on his new appointment, and thank him for his introductory statement to the Third Committee. We also thank the Secretary-General for his reports under this agenda item.
During 2004, over
more than 2.5 million refugees have been repatriated back to
We welcome the initiatives of the new UN High Commissioner to deal with the ongoing and new situations of refugees. We would encourage him to continue with his efforts to adapt the UNHCR to the changing demands of our times and to make a perceptible difference on the ground. As part of the Agenda for Protection, there should be a balanced approach in realisation of all the six goals that have been identified. We also welcome the UNHCR’s efforts towards finding durable and sustainable solutions for refugees. In this context the 4-R approach of Repatriation, Reintegration, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, need to be further strengthened. My delegation would also like to see an assessment of the pilot programmes already initiated under this approach.
Persons (IDPs) are first and foremost the
responsibility of member States. UNHCR’s role in situations
involving internally displaced persons should be on the basis of an explicit
request by the
A common characteristic of refugee movements today is that they occur primarily in developing countries. These are also the countries that bear the maximum burden of hosting and protecting refugees at great cost to their limited resources. Therefore, their concerns need to be recognised and addressed to a far greater degree than at present. The link between poverty and refugee flows is well recognised, and the search for durable solutions will remain elusive as long as the fundamental factors that give rise to refugee movements remain unaddressed. The development agenda, including achievement of the Millennium Declaration Goals, has to underpin international efforts to ensure prevention, and address the needs of relief and rehabilitation of refugees. The UNHCR’s mission must be based on the principles of solidarity, responsibility and burden-sharing.
It is our view that voluntary repatriation remains the best and most durable solution. Developing countries of origin should be given assistance to facilitate such repatriation, particularly by creating economic opportunities, where required, for returning refugees. Resettlement, specially in countries with economic means, is also a possibility.
The 1951 Convention
and the 1967 Protocol do not cater to the phenomena of massive refugee
flows and mixed migration. In the absence of adjustments to match these
realities, countries such as
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.