Note: The last fact sheet was dated April 17, 1997.
About the Report
On January 16, 1997, the United States Institute of Peace and the U.S. Department of State cosponsored a one-day roundtable discussion of diplomats, scholars, and nongovernmental organization specialists on the unfolding crises in Zaire-both the complex humanitarian emergency and civil war in eastern Zaire and the ongoing crisis of governmental legitimacy and capacity stemming from a lagging transition to multiparty democracy.
WHAT: A system used for centuries by Africans to carry food and other provisions deep into impenetrable bush is being used by CARE, the world's largest international relief and development organization, to ferry food to Rwandan refugees caught up in
Ardebil, april 22, irna
An earthquake measuring 4.1 degrees on the open ended richter scale shook the cities of Ardebil and neer in this northwestern province at 22:34 hours local time sunday.
The seismological base of Tabriz, in northwestern province of east Azarbaijan, registered the epicenter of the quake 30 km west of ardebil.
No report has yet been received on possible loss of life or damage to property.
Baku/Yerevan, 21 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday were reported to have been involved in the most intense fighting in three years.
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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ms. Sadako Ogata, is complaining that ADFL forces will not allow her staff to visit refugee camps south of Kisangani. She reports that ADFL forces are conducting military operations in this area.
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The security situation continued to improve,
albeit slowly, in the south-west and centre of Albania. However,
tensions remained high in the north and south-east, where armed groups
are still very much in control.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees today called on the Kisangani authorities in Eastern Zaire to take urgent action to airlift Rwandan refugees home, saying that each day's delay would lead to more deaths.
Mildred Mulenga PANA Staff Correspondent
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Vlore, 21 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Italian and Greek forces have begun deploying without serious incident today in the rebel-held Albanian port of Vlore.
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Judith Matloff, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Soldiers are reported to have exchanged fire across the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, killing or wounding about 50 people.
The ITAR-TASS newsagency quotes the Azerbaijani defence ministry as saying the Armenians used artillery in the Kazakh region, in western Azerbaijan.
The Armenian defence ministry says Azerbaijan fired into Armenian territory in the Taush region in eastern Armenia, wounding three people.
It says Armenian defence forces then retaliated.
The two countries are in a dispute over Azerbaijan's enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is …
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- On 4 February 1997 three earthquakes
measuring 5.4, 6.1 and 4.0 on the Richter scale rocked
Northern Khorasan, and to date the area has experienced approx. 500 aftershocks.
2. The UN Resident Coordinator reports the following information, released on 19 February by the National Disaster Task Force of the Ministry of Interior, on the loss and damages :
- 82 dead in Bojnord
- 6 dead in Shirvan
- 498 injured and hospitalized
- 1,450 injured
- 106 villages damaged in Bojnord
- 67 villages damaged in Shirvan