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UNCLAS ABUJA 000503
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREF PREL PGOV NI IV LI SUBJECT: NIGERIA: RELOCATING LIBERIAN REFUGEES
REF: A. LAGOS 519
B. LAGOS 380
C. SECSTATE 36393
1. I.A.D. Nuhu of MFA's Department of Consular and Legal Affairs March 6 confirmed to Poloff that he had met often with UNHCR representative Eusebe Hounsokou and that the GON was interested in accepting refugees from Cote D,Ivoire.
2. Nuhu referred to Nigeria,s existing refugee camps, pointing out that the infrastructural capacities of these camps were already stretched to their limit. Nigeria would be hard-pressed to sustain additional refugees in these camps. He suggested that the GON might consider voluntary repatriation for numerous Sierre Leonan refugees currently in the camps in a way to relieve some of the congestion.
3. Nuhu suggested the GON would be willing to accept from 1000 to 5000 refugees, possibly within the next few months. He said that concerned GON officials would be meeting with the UNHCR again the week of March 10, and implied that many of the logistical details may be sorted out then. Poloff will follow up with Nuhu at the end of the week.