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Annan outlines civilian administration for Kosovo


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UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday detailed an international civilian presence for Kosovo to provide an interim administration for the area and "substantial autonomy" for its residents.

The interim U.N. administration, known as UNMIK, is "designed to determine the future political status of Kosovo," Annan said.

The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, working with other international and nongovernmental organizations, will coordinate the key task of UNMIK, the return of refugees and displaced people to their homes in Kosovo.

A special representative appointed by Annan will run UNMIK, which will have three main offices: a police commissioner, civil affairs and judicial affairs.

Also under the heading of the U.N. operation, the European Union will lead the effort to reconstruct Kosovo.

In addition, the job of "institution building" which includes human rights monitoring, elections and "democratization" will be led by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The police commissioner will head an international civilian police unit "to oversee the civilian police operation and to establish and supervise a Kosovo Police Force, a special police unit for crowd control and other special police functions, and an international border police unit."

The deployment of these special police will happen over the next few months. The United Nations is recruiting police from various countries to fill the international police unit, which will in turn train a local police force.

Civil affairs will be in charge of restoring basic public services such as public health, education, utilities, transport and telecommunications.

Annan announced late Friday that he would appoint Sergio Vieira de Mello as a temporary head of UNMIK until a formal appointment is made. De Mello currently serves as the U.N.'s humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator.

De Mello arrived in Pristina on Sunday with a team of 40 people to start an evaluation process that will lead to a more detailed plan and a budget for the U.N. mission in Kosovo. De Mello plans to meet daily with the KFOR commander in Pristina.

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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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