UN agency postpones Iraqi repatriation from Iran because of terrorist bombing
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 8/28/2003
The United Nations refugee agency said yesterday it has postponed the first repatriation convoy of Iraqi refugees from Iran pending a security review after last weekÕs terrorist attack against UN headquarters in Baghdad.
The convoy of 100 returnees, a tiny fraction of the more than 200,000 Iraqi refugees in Iran - by far the largest group of Iraqi refugees in the world - had been expected to leave from Ashrafi refugee camp in Iran's southwestern Khuzestan province some time this week for Basra, Iraq's second largest city.
"In the aftermath of last week's bomb attack on the UN in Baghdad, the convoy has been postponed while the world body reviews the security situation in Iraq," the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a news release.
The agency, which has already organized two small repatriation convoys from Saudi Arabia, warned against any large-scale refugee returns this year because of the lack of security and infrastructure even before last week's terrorist bombing.
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