A tripartite agreement for the voluntary repatriation of refugees from the Central African Republic has been signed.
The agreement which involve the governments of the Republic of Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was signed this 29th June in Yaounde.
During the ceremony, Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration said the country respects international conventions that stipulate that only refugees who willingly decide to return to their country be taken back home.
The Central African government representative, Minister of Humanitarian action and National Reconciliation Virginie Baikoua said according to a recent survey, some five thousand of the 285 CAR refugees in Cameroon have expressed the desire to return home.
She said the CAR government is working to integrate the refugees once in the country.
She also expressed gratitude to the two Heads of State and to the people for Cameroon for hosting the thousands of Central African Refugees.
The majority of CAR refugees are in the East, Adamawa and North regions of Cameroon.
UNHCR representative Buti Kale highlighted the need to respect the rights of refugees by providing an enabling environment for their voluntary return.
Paul Atanga Nji said the government of Cameroon seeks a peaceful and stable environment with neighbouring countries.