Yaounde, April 28 (SUNA) - Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Ali Al-Sadiq met today on the side-lines of the Ministerial Conference on Displaced Persons in the Central African Republic, which was held in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

 The Minister presented a briefing on the conditions of refugees in Sudan, especially Central African refugees, and explained that their numbers are estimated at about 28000 refugees, and that Sudan provides them with the necessary protection and that they are welcome until it is easy for them to return to their country, noting that they need support from the international community.

He also tackled the situation of refugees in eastern Sudan, whose number is increasing due to the situations in Ethiopia, in addition to the situation in Darfur in light of the recent tribal violence in El Geneina area in West Darfur state, noting that the situation is now calm after the visit of a government delegation to the area at the instruction of the President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council to address the situation.

For his part, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees expressed appreciation to Sudan for hosting a large number of refugees from neighboring countries, pledging in this context to provide possible support to create an appropriate situation for the refugees.

He indicated that he would pay a visit in the coming days to the Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad.

The meeting touched on the great pressure that refugees pose on social services in their areas of residence (host communities) and the need for UNHCR to pay attention to developing and increasing services in these communities.

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