North Koreans leave China

Briefing Notes, 15 March 2002

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond to whom quoted text may be attributed at the press briefing, on 15 March 2002, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is pleased that Spanish and Chinese authorities quickly found a humanitarian solution for the 25 North Korean asylum seekers who spent yesterday and part of today at the Spanish Embassy in Beijing. We understand they are now en route to the Philippines. We appreciate the efforts of the two governments to reach a speedy conclusion.