Wednesday, December 28, 2011 – Peter Nicolaus Afghanistan Country Director for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees criticized the operations of this organization in Afghanistan and described the 2002 UNHCR strategy a big mistake.

According to UN officials, around ¼ of the Afghan population is comprised of the repatriated Afghan refugees from the neighboring countries of Afghanistan.

UNHCR officials said, majority of the Afghan refugees who returned back to Afghanistan are facing the lack of shelter and employment.

Peter Nicolaus Afghanistan Country Director for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees admitted that UNHCR failed to arrange employment and better living conditions for the Afghan refugees.

He also said, the 2002 UNHCR strategy for the repatriation of Afghan refugees is incorrect and is one of the biggest mistakes of the UNHCR.

Mr. Nicolaus said, UNHCR is currently looking for alternatives to arrange employment and better living conditions for the Afghans who are repatriating back to their country.

This comes as the United Nations is expected to launch a conference during the month of April next year where a new strategy for the repatriation of Afghan refugees will be discussed.

Representatives from the neighboring Pakistan and Iran are also expected to attend the conference.

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    Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.