WFP Emergency Report No. 27 of 1998: Yugoslavia and Region: Kosovo crisis

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 03 Jul 1998
This report includes: A) Guinea Bissau B) Angola C) Sierra Leone D) East and Central Africa: Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo E) Sudan - update in the form of a supplement F) Yugoslavia and Region: Kosovo crisis.
From Manuel Aranda da Silva, Chief, Technical Support Service. Available on the Internet on the WFP Home Page at http://www.wfp.org/ or by electronic mail from Deborah.Hicks@wfp.org (fax 39 6 6513 2837). For information on resources, donors are requested to contact Aleesa.Blum@wfp.org or Claudia.VonRoehl@wfp.org at WFP Rome, telephone 39 6 6513 2004 or 6 6513 2504. The address of WFP is Via Cesare Giulio Viola 68, Parco dei Medici, Rome 00148.

PART I - HIGHLIGHTS
(Details below in Part II)

F. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA AND REGION: KOSOVO CRISIS

1. Update - information as of 3 July, with some updates of 6 July.

a) Tension remains high in Kosovo. WFP delivers more food to Junik.

b) Influx of internally displaced persons into Montenegro continues. WFP delivers 145 tons of food aid to Montenegro.

c) Food aid to be pre-positioned in Belgrade for use in Montenegro and Kosovo.

d) Many refugees in northern Albanian district of Tropje move to other cities in Albania. WFP distributes food with IFRC on 26 June in the Tropje district.

PART II - DETAILS

F. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA AND REGION: KOSOVO CRISIS

1. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA - information as of 3 July, with some updates as of 6 July 1998

1.1 Kosovo: Tension remains high in Kosovo with fears of further military action. WFP delivered a further 6.5 tons of wheat flour to Junik on 2 July. The food, requested by UNHCR, will be distributed to villagers and displaced persons in the nearby mountains. It will meet immediate needs of some 1,600 people, mainly women and children. So far, a total of 11.5 tons have been sent to Junik.

1.2 Montenegro: The influx of internally displaced persons into Montenegro continues. According to UNHCR (5 July), there are 13,300 IDPs in Montenegro. WFP delivered 145 tons of food aid (125 tons wheat flour, 10 tons vegetable oil and 10 tons pulses) to Montenegro on 24 June. Distribution has been delayed by authorities in Belgrade who are still conducting sample analysis of the food. It is hoped that the necessary documentation will be completed this week. Although the Montenegrin authorities have released a similar quantity of food aid from their reserves, this is not enough to meet the needs of the IDP caseload in Montenegro.

1.3 Belgrade: A total of 362.5 tons of food aid (310.5 tons wheat flour, 25 tons pulses and 27 tons oil) will be pre-positioned in Belgrade for use in Montenegro and Kosovo. The food will leave stocks in Bosnia Herzegovina on 7 July.

2. ALBANIA

2.1 The influx of refugees into northern Albania has barely increased since 18 June and there has been a steady outflow of refugees from the Tropje district, northern Albania to other cities in Albania. As of 6 July, there are 6,659 registered Kosovar refugees in Albania. WFP began a combined distribution with IFRC on 26 June in the Tropje district. This distribution correspond to one month's food ration for the registered refugees. WFP has pre-positioned 1.5 tons of wheat flour in Kukes, south of Tropje district, as contingency stocks in case of a further influx of refugees.

(End WFP Emergency Report No. 27 of 1998 - July 3, 1998)