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Site 2 Repatriation Halted By Outbreak of Cholera

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - A cholera outbreak among Cambodian refugees has caused

United Nations officials to suspend repatriations from the largest refugee camp in

Thailand.

Three refugees were confirmed to have been infected by cholera, with one confirmed

death from the disease, according to Iain Guest, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner

for Refugees (UNHCR.

It was the second time in less than a month that repatriation of the 200,000 refugees

from Site 2 has been halted. Movement out of the camp was halted from June 1 to June

17 after a violent demonstration by thousands of refugees demanding more money as

part of their repatriation and resettlement package.

Some 370,000 Cambodians are being returned to their homeland under the auspices

of the UNHCR office under the terms of the Paris Peace Accords.

The UNHCR said no more repatriations were scheduled from Site 2 until further

notice, but that returns from six other border camps would be accelerated, and it

was expected that 20,000 more Cambodians would return to their homeland this month.

Since the repatriation program began on March 30, more than 40,000 Cambodians

have gone home.

The UNHCR said 355 refugees repatriated from Site 2 on June 18 have been given preventive

antibiotic treatment against cholera.

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