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17 Dec 2004 description

Skopje (dpa) - Top ethnic Albanian politicians in Macedonia said Friday they had reached a deal to end peacefully a month-long stand-off between Albanian gunmen and security forces in the northern suburbs of Skopje.

Former Albanian rebel leader turned politician Ali Ahmeti and his arch-rival Arben Xhaferi told journalists that "the armed stand-off in Kondovo is over''.

The deal was reached just several hours after Macedonian parliament endorsed former defence minister Vlado Buckovski as the country's new prime minister.

Addressing the lawmakers, Buckovski …

13 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

Six leaders of southeast Europe, scene of the worst religious and ethnic fighting in the continent since World War II, have pledged to close the bitter chapter of the past with a new culture of dialogue under a declaration adopted at a United Nations-sponsored conference in Tirana, Albania.

30 Nov 2004 description



Although the period between the beginning of 2004 up to now has been marked by a general stability in the country, the recent stir of events caused by the new Law on Territorial Division are a clear indicator that preventing, monitoring and resolving of conflict are still major challenges to the Government and public of the Macedonia.

One of the analytical tools which can be used for objective and impartial monitoring, and that can increase the likelihood that development opportunities/challenges in a country are identified promptly and appropriately …

17 Nov 2004 description

New Global Report Finds Child Soldiers In Over 20 Conflicts Worldwide

LONDON - Governments are undermining progress in ending the use of children as soldiers, said a coalition of the world's leading human rights and humanitarian organizations in a newly published report.

The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today released the most comprehensive global survey of child soldiers to date.

01 Oct 2004 description

PAKISTAN- Afghans Begin to Register For Presidential Poll- Afghans residing in Pakistan have started this morning registering for the upcoming presidential poll on 9 October.

09 Sep 2004 description


SKOPJE - SRSG Søren Jessen-Petersen called for closer ties between Kosovo and the Macedonian authorities, emphasizing the European perspective for the region. Mr. Jessen-Petersen was received by Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski, Prime Minister Hari Kostov and Foreign Minister Ilinka Mitreva to discuss regional cooperation and issues of mutual interest to Pristina and Skopje.

24 Aug 2004 description

Skopje (dpa) - The most influential leader of ethnic Albanians in Macedonia, former rebel chief Ali Ahmeti, warned Tuesday that the referendum against new territorial organization of the troubled country could lead to renewed violence similar to 2001.

30 Jun 2004 description
report Small Arms Survey

I. Introduction

It is an understatement to say that the presence of small arms and light weapons is a significant problem in the Balkans. Guns contributed significantly to the violence, death, and destruction that surrounded the inter-ethnic conflicts of the 1990s and early 21st century. Since the conclusion of hostilities, the effects of violent conflict persist in the area, as does the circulation of many small arms and light weapons.

10 Jun 2004 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0092
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - Floods
4 - 9 June 2004


1. Due to heavy rains between 4 and 7 June 2004, the water level of the rivers Pena, Vardar, Anska Reka, Trkajna and Turija, rose rapidly. The water spilled over the riverbanks, flooding parts of the municipalities of Jegunovce, Dzepciste, Strumica, Gevgelija, Kocani, and Bogdanci. Tetovo has also been flooded but with minor damages.

08 Jun 2004 description

The Macedonian government decided on 7 June to release some $1.4 million to cover the worst damage caused by heavy floods in the southern and western parts of the country, MIA reported. In addition, the government mandated a solidarity contribution worth one day's pay from all its officials. "Water and electricity supply has been restored, as well as the phone lines. Rail and cargo traffic between Macedonia and Greece has also been reestablished," Minister Without Portfolio Vlado Popovski told a press conference.

20 Apr 2004 description
report Xinhua

ANKARA, Apr 20, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that cooperation in the Balkans has become critically important in terms of securing and consolidating peace and stability on today's international conditions.

Erdogan made the remarks in Adapazari near Istanbul before his departure for Sarajevo to attend the seventh summit of heads of state and government of Southeast European Countries Cooperation Process.

The Anatolia News Agency quoted Erdogan as saying that Turkish Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul went …

07 Apr 2004 description
report Government of Japan
  1. We, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Minister for Development Cooperation and Human Rights of Ireland, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Economy of the Western Balkan states, together with the representatives of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Kosovo, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the European Commission, the Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and major states and international organisations, met on April 5, 2004 in …
02 Apr 2004 description
report Council of Europe

Recommendation 1652 (2004)1

1. The situation of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) is an abnormal and temporary state that must be resolved either by return, integration in the host country or resettlement in a third country. A decision on which course to take should be a matter of priority. Pending that decision, educational provision must be made for each eventuality.

2. For refugees and IDPs education is a basic essential, as also, depending on age, are further education and vocational training.

17 Mar 2004 description
report Xinhua

TIRANA, Mar 17, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Macedonian authorities shut the country's borders with Kosovo on Wednesday night as ethnic clashes in the UN-administrated province of Serbia of Serbia and Montenegro have left at least 14 people dead.

02 Mar 2004 description

Written Testimony of Kent R. Hill,
Acting Assistant Administrator, Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia
United States Agency for International Development
Europe & Eurasia Overview
before the Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Senate
March 2, 2004

Chairman Allen and other distinguished members of the Committee on Foreign Relations, thank you for the opportunity to testify on U.S. foreign assistance programs in the countries of Europe and Eurasia.