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05 Dec 2003 description

GENEVA -- The UN refugee agency said on Friday that it was seeking over $1 billion to fund its refugee assistance and protection work next year to care for more than 20.5 million refugees and other people worldwide. This includes $955 million for its annual budget and over $57 million for supplementary programs for the Liberian crisis and Sudanese refugees.

27 Nov 2003 description

Source: IWPR and Saferworld
Disarming civilians in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia means making them see guns are a threat to security, not a guarantee.

By David Quin, Vladimir Jovanovski and Ana Petruseva in Macedonia; Naser Miftari, Artan Mustafa and Jeta Xharra in Kosovo; and Ilir Aliaj and Lazar Semini in Albania (BCR No 470, 27-Nov-03)

Sweat pours down Emin Limani's face as he picks up gun after gun - and then shovels them into a furnace. He's melting them down as part of a scheme to disarm Kosovo.

05 Nov 2003 description

By Arie Farnam, Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

CAGLAVICA AND BELO POLJE, KOSOVO - When he was 5 years old, Yeton saw his grandmother gunned down by black-uniformed Kosovo Liberation Army soldiers. Then, his mother picked him up and ran out of the village toward the Montenegrin border.

"I wish we could go back to our house and our friends," he says, now standing on a road outside a refugee shelter.

31 Oct 2003 description

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw, October 2003

31 Oct 2003 description

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw, October 2003


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30 Oct 2003 description

Thousands of Roma could be forcibly returned to Kosovo if, as seem likely, they turn down the offer of asylum in Macedonia.

23 Oct 2003 description

OSLO/GENEVA, 23 October 2003 - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) today called on the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to increase efforts to address the plight of the three million people who have been displaced within their own countries by armed conflict or human rights violations and still wait to be able to return to their homes.

20 Oct 2003 description
report UN General Assembly

Fifty-eighth General Assembly
37th Meeting (AM)

The progress made over the last year to revitalize the activities of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), particularly with regard to implementing the outcomes of major international conferences, was highlighted this morning, as the General Assembly considered the report of that body.

24 Sep 2003 description

In an exclusive interview with MIA news agency, Russian Ambassador to Macedonia Agaron Asatur said in Skopje on 23 September that an international conference dealing with borders in Southeast Europe should be convened. The purpose would be to fix the existing borders in the region once and for all and to regulate the status of national minorities, Asatur said.

18 Sep 2003 description

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Editor: Bojana Vancetovic

28 Aug 2003 description
report UN Security Council

Security Council
4818th Meeting (AM)

Members Stress Need for Clear Mandates, Importance of Humanitarian Efforts, Electoral Assistance, Adequate Resources, Economic Reconstruction

Wrapping up their work for August, members of the Security Council this morning focused on ways of providing better support for United Nations peacekeeping operations in various parts of the world.

23 Jul 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf (2003) 30 23 July 2003
June 2003 in Tirana

Political Overview

Thessaloniki Summit

1. Prime Minister Fatos Nano and President Alfred Moisiu praised the results of the EU Summit in Thessaloniki. At a press conference on 21 June, the two said "a worthy representation of the country's entire efforts towards EU membership was successfully crowned" at the summit. Mr Nano also promised to step up efforts in fighting organised crime, corruption and trafficking

Talks on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

15 Jul 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 136)

30 Jun 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf(2003)26 30 June 2003
May 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Electoral reform

1. Albania's electoral reform is an ongoing process. Packages with amendments to the electoral code will be discussed in Parliament during the first week of June.

EU negotiations for the SAA and for the readmission agreement

30 May 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 133)