AL (Documentary Evidence – UNHCR - Peaceholding) Angola CG  UKIAT 06429
Date of hearing: 6 December 2002
Date Determination notified: 07 February 2003
|Secretary of State for the Home Department||RESPONDENT|
"Whilst we consider this (the ceasefire agreement) to be a welcome and potentially far reaching development, our view at this stage is that it should not warrant an immediate or radical change to UNHCR's existing position regarding the assessment of refugee claims… UNHCR believes that a cautious approach is justified because it will take some time for the new development to filter down to the rank and file of the protagonists to the conflict… UNHCR believes that the situation in Angola has not sufficiently consolidated to justify the return of individuals whose claims for asylum have been unsuccessful…"
"As far as individuals originating from Luanda are concerned, we believe that they should only be returned if, firstly, this will not result in them living in a situation of internal displacement, and, secondly, any family members residing there have been identified and so notified. As regards individuals from the provinces or those who do not have relatives in Luanda, we believe that their return to Angola should be avoided, if they increase the already large number of internally placed persons."