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Nepal-Bhutan talks stalled, again


Bhutan is once again delaying on what seemed like some progress in the refugee repatriation talks. Nepali foreign ministry sources say the talks have effectively come to a "standstill" since Bhutan has not been acting on a compro-mise verification formula suggested by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In late May, Bhutan had agreed to name a verification team that was to visit the Bhutanese refugee camps in eastern Nepal "very soon." But Thimpu has so far been ignoring Nepali re-quests to get on with it. The UN compromise formula suggested that both sides use a family as a unit of verifica-tion, and that the family should include all unmarried members under the age 25. Bhutan has insisted on individual verification, while Nepal has maintained that it be done on a family basis.



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