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Some Kosovo refugees return while others continue to flee

The UNHCR said more than 200 ethnic Albanians have left refugee camps in Macedonia to return to Kosovo  

June 12, 1999
Web posted at: 9:21 p.m. EDT (0121 GMT)

SKOPJE, Macedonia (CNN) -- More than 200 ethnic Albanians left refugee camps in Macedonia on Saturday and traveled on their own back to Kosovo, according to a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Ron Redmond, an UNHCR spokesman in Macedonia, said the convoy took a route through southern Serbia into southeastern Kosovo.

Meanwhile, some 400 other ethnic Albanians arrived in Macedonia from Kosovo, many of whom had been trapped in the mountains near the border and did not know that the war had ended.

The UNHCR also said that the first large group of Serb refugees arrived in Montenegro, despite reassurances from the international community that they would be safe inside Kosovo.

Redmond plans to leave for Kosovo on Sunday with a multi- agency mission, to provide relief for the hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes within the province.

According to the UNHCR, as many as 500,000 to 600,000 people are believed to be in desperate condition inside Kosovo. The mission would also pave the way for the safe return of refugees.

In other U.N. developments, Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced Saturday that he appointed Sergio Vieira de Mello, a Brazilian diplomat, to lead an international civilian mission in Kosovo.

Vieira de Mello is currently under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and relief coordinator for the United Nations.

Annan said the appointment is on an "interim basis until I reach a decision on whom to nominate to undertake this function on a continuing basis."

No timetable has been set for the Vieira de Mello mission -- which is separate from the Redmond one -- to enter Kosovo.

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

  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • 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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