UN envoy to visit Russia to assess condition of internally displaced persons

The United Nations envoy on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) is scheduled to visit Russia next week, where he will meet with government officials and visit sites hosting internal refugees in Ingushetia and Chechnya.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s representative Francis Deng will hold discussions with the Government, international agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other relevant actors on ways to ensure effective responses to the needs of the displaced.Mr. Deng’s trip, 8 to 12 September, comes at the invitation of the Russian government. The mission should allow the envoy to study the situation of IDPs in the country.

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