Tajik foreign minister receives newly-appointed UNHCR representative in Tajikistan

12/07/2016 10:09
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DUSHANBE, July 12, 2016, Asia-Plus – Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov yesterday received the newly-appointed UNHCR Representative in Tajikistan Vito Trani, according to the Tajik MFA information department.

The two reportedly discussed issues related to state and further expansion of cooperation between Tajikistan and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and some other issues being of mutual interest.  

UNHCR opened an office in Tajikistan in 1993, when the country was torn by civil war two years after the country declared its independence from the Soviet Union.  That year, Tajikistan became the first country in Central Asia to accede to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.  It was also the first country in the region to adopt national refugee legislation.  UNHCR has helped people displaced by the civil war to return home as well as assisting refugees.

In Tajikistan, UNHCR works closely with the Government and other partners to identify and achieve solutions for stateless people.  UNHCR also supports the strengthening of national asylum systems, while ensuring sufficient capacity to address any gaps in mandate RSD (refugee status determination).


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