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Khartoum - 15 May 2012

Repatriating South Sudan returnees will continue after deadline

The director of the National Centre for Displacement and Voluntary Return has said the process to repatriate South Sudanese returnees from Kosti is continuing.

The director told Radio Tamazuj the process will continue even if it goes over the deadline of May 20, with 'nothing able to stop the process.'

He said the government of South Sudan has committed to move the luggage of all returnees by land through the town of Renk in Upper Nile state, which he said is becoing a gathering point for the stranded returnees.

Two flights carried more than 300 returnees to Juba yesterday.

The director of the International Organisation for Migration said returnees are being transferred to their areas across the country.

He said he hoped they could fly another 435 people over the next three days.

The chairman of the Higher Committee for Voluntary Repatriation in South Sudan said the programme to transport stranded returnees at Kosti in White Nuile state will continue until the end of the month.