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03 Jun 2003 description

Vlado Popovski, who is a minister without portfolio in charge of refugee questions, told the government on 2 June that there are still 5,548 internally displaced persons in the country, MIA news agency reported. In July 2002, the official number of displaced persons was 5,762. According to data collected by the Labor and Social Affair Ministry and the Red Cross, more than 1,400 families cannot return to the homes they left during the 2001 interethnic conflict. Some 3,942 displaced persons found refuge with other families, while 1,606 persons are still living in refugee centers.

30 May 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 133)

19 May 2003 description

A dispute between ethnic Albanian and Macedonian youths in Tetovo late on 16 May escalated into an hour-long brawl during which two Albanian youths were wounded by gunshots, "Utrinski vesnik" reported. Police managed to end the street fighting but could not stop participants from destroying several shops, bars, and cars.

16 May 2003 description

FY 2002 Budget - $10,400,000, FY 2003 Budget - $7,000,000

The U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) began its Macedonia Program in October 2001, after a political settlement brought the country's armed conflict to an end. OTI's Confidence Building Initiative (CBI) is a two-year program designed to mitigate political and ethnic tensions during the implementation of the Framework Agreement.

06 May 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf(2003)18 6 May 2003
March 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Parliamentary committee on the municipality of Tirana

1. A parliamentary committee to investigate the use of public funds by the municipality of Tirana and the Ministry of Culture during 1992-2002 was set up following a long debate within and outside Parliament. It began its activities during the last week of the month. A sharp dispute immediately arose, brought about by the lack of co-operation between the municipality and the members of the committee.

01 May 2003 description

United States Agency for International Development
Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
Office of Transition Initiatives

30 Apr 2003 description

United States Agency for International Development
Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
Office of Transition Initiatives

29 Apr 2003 description

Deadly emissions from a smelting plant have doomed an entire generation in the town of Veles.

23 Apr 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf(2003)22 23 April 2003
April 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Electoral reform

1. The reform of the electoral system, started by the parliamentary bi-partisan committee, whose mandate ended on 7 April, has not yet been completed. However, the bi-partisan committee found an agreement on all the recommendations made by ODIHR. The still unsolved issue, to be decided in Parliament, remains the composition of the Central Electoral Commission and of the other electoral commissions.

New Party launched by Milo

14 Apr 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf(2003)17 14 April 2003
February 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

EU negotiations on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

09 Apr 2003 description

SARAJEVO, April 9 (UNHCR) - UN refugee agency Deputy High Commissioner Mary Ann Wyrsch is visiting the Balkans - a region that is still trying to come to terms with Europe's largest wave of displacement since World War II. UNHCR's number two official has met with local officials across the region, getting a first-hand impression of one of the agency's largest operations ever.

31 Mar 2003 description

Summary of research1

The public health importance of infant feeding in emergencies has been highlighted in countries such as Iraq and Bosnia where feeding infants with breastmilk substitute is common practice. Although there are few epidemiological studies on the impact of emergencies on infant feeding, many anecdotal reports of adverse health outcomes exist. The displacement of such populations has created new dilemmas for aid workers on how best to assess and support feeding practice.

During the 1999 Kosovo Crisis an opportunity arose to research humanitarian …