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Pentagon considers using second Army base as refugee center

Wald said that if Fort Dix reaches its 4,200-person capacity, some refugees may be moved to Fort A. P. Hill  

June 1, 1999
Web posted at: 6:48 p.m. EDT (2248 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Pentagon said Tuesday it has started "contingency planning" to use Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia as a second processing center for refugees arriving from Kosovo.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles Wald said that if the current refugee facility at Fort Dix, New Jersey, "fills up the 4,200 (person) capacity," the Pentagon may move some of the refugees to Fort A.P. Hill near Fredericksburg, Virginia, to await their relocation to private residences.

Both Fort A.P. Hill and Fort Dix are Army bases.

The refugees would probably still fly into New Jersey and then be transported to Fort A.P. Hill if necessary, said Wald, who is vice director for strategic planning and policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"They haven't made the final determination. This is just contingency planning for now," Wald added.

Wald said that the movement of refugees out of Kosovo, "has slowed down significantly," but that 1,500 had crossed the border into Macedonia during the past 48 hours.

CNN's Chris Plante contributed to this report.

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Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites:
  • Kosovo

  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosova Liberation Peace Movement
  • Kosovo - from

  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis

Resettlement Agencies Helping Kosovars in U.S.:
  • Church World Service
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Immigration and Refugee Services of America
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • United States Catholic Conference

  • World Relief
  • Doctors without borders
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International

  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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