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PublishDate: Wednesday, September 25, 201311:36

Asylum seekers in Azerbaijan dominated by Afghans: UN office

There are 1,520 refugees and asylum seekers in Azerbaijan. Chechens and Iranians are the next in line in terms of number of asylum seekers.

Most of the refugees seeking asylum in Azerbaijan are Afghans, Elsever Agayev, chief consultant of the Azerbaijani Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said here Tuesday. 

There are 1,520 refugees and asylum seekers in Azerbaijan. Chechens and Iranians are the next in line in terms of number of asylum seekers, Agayev added. 

As the conflict in Afghanistan continues after more than one decade, Afghan civilians pay the heavy price. Violence has been increasing in intensity and spreading to previously peaceful areas. The gains made in improving health and education are increasingly fragile due to insecurity, corruption, and the politicization of aid. 

While the international community has acknowledged that the problems in Afghanistan shall not be solved by military means alone, the U.S. strategy continues to focus on security objectives and fails to address the needs of the most vulnerable Afghans. (Xinhua)

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