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UNHCR to verify Tibetans in Nepal (Xinhua)

September 12, 2008

Xinhua is the official press agency of the Communist Party of China

     KATHMANDU, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations High 
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nepal is set to verify the 
identity of the Tibetans arrested in course of demonstrations before 
Nepal-based Chinese embassy, consular section and other places, state-
run newspaper The Rising Nepal reported on Friday.

     The understanding to this effect was reached at a program 
organized Thursday at the Home Ministry to discuss the circumstances 
after the police arrested 106 Tibetans during demonstrations and 
handed over to the Immigration Department for necessary legal actions, 
said Home Ministry Spokesperson Mod Raj Dotel.

     Urging the demonstrating Tibetans in Nepal to stop such 
activities some days back, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister 
Bamdev Gautam warned that those undeterred would be sent back to heir 
country.

     The UNHCR made it clear that those verified as Tibetan refugees 
would only be allowed to take shelter in Nepal and rest others would 
be sent back to their destination.

     Tibetans have long been taking shelter in Nepal. They have been 
staging demonstrations around Chinese diplomatic offices and other 
areas in Nepal for the last few months.

     "Nepal has been sticking to one China policy," the report said.

     Another local newspaper The Himalayan Times quoted government 
sources as saying those activists failing to produce Tibetan refugee 
status would be sent to India through UNHCR, as in the past.

     The Home Ministry of Nepal has received what officials said was 
reliable intelligence that some European and American NGOs are 
supporting the protests by the refugees, according to local newspaper 
The Kathmandu Post.

     "We are going to take action against (NGOs) as well," Home 
Ministry sources said on condition of anonymity. He did not name the 
NGOs.

     Nepali Home Ministry officials, on the basis of intelligence 
reports, concluded that the protests have been coordinated by someone 
outside Nepal.

     "We tolerated the protests to date but we will no longer stand 
for it," a senior Home Ministry official said.

     "Such protests are not allowed in India though a large number of 
them have been staying there," the official said.

     Taking advantage of the special transitional period Nepal is 
undergoing, the so-called "Tibet Independence" activists instigated 
demonstrations outside UN and Chinese diplomatic offices mainly in 
Nepali capital Kathmandu since March 10.

     The activities often went ugly, leading to disruptions of city 
traffic and clashes with police injuring some Nepali policemen even by 
use of stones and injections, etc.
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