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14 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks 12,296,760 Swiss francs (USD 10,998,891 or EUR 7,452,582) to fund the planned programmes that are to be implemented in 2008- 2009.

14 Dec 2007 description

Land mine casualty rate has plummeted; other major gains achieved

By Jacquelyn S. Porth

10 Dec 2007 description
report European Union

Brussels, 10 December 2007 - The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"The Council had an exchange of views on the Commission's communication on "Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges 2007-2008" and the accompanying Progress Reports on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo as defined by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244.

31 Oct 2007 description

By Kole Casule

SKOPJE, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Macedonia cautioned on Wednesday against the politicisation of "criminal" elements in the country, amid growing signs of tension between the authorities and the ethnic Albanian minority.

The killing of a policeman this month and a row over the use of the Albanian flag have fuelled fears of political instability in Macedonia, just as the West tries to resolve the fate of 2 million independence-seeking Albanians in neighbouring Kosovo.

Macedonia's highest security body, the National Security Council, blamed recent security …

11 Oct 2007 description
report UN General Assembly

I. Introduction

1. A significant increase in the numbers of persons of concern to UNHCR brought new challenges in 2006. While there was a 14 per cent increase in refugee numbers from the previous year, the Office's involvement, together with other humanitarian partners, in protecting and assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the inter-agency cluster approach, resulted in a doubling of IDP figures. Thanks to better data capturing, many more stateless people have been identified, also swelling numbers.

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30 Sep 2007 description

Political

This period was marked by exceptional tensions between the ruling and the opposition parties (see graph) of the political blocks of the ethnic Macedonians and the ethnic Albanians. The antagonistic atmosphere was most visibly expressed in the work of the parliament and was intensified during this reporting period due to the efforts of the government to prosecute high profile executives and officials of the former government for alleged corruption.

27 Sep 2007 description

SKOPJE, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, September 27 (UNHCR) - Esma Redzepova Teodosievska is known around the Balkans region as the Queen of Roma Music. A Roma born in Skopje with Jewish, Albanian and Macedonian roots, Teodosievska has dedicated her life to singing to audiences around the world and to fighting against prejudice and discrimination. She recently spoke to UNHCR Principal Secretary Aneta Galic after performing a concert in Skopje.

18 Sep 2007 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

18 Sep 2007 description
report Oxford Analytica

An Oxford Analytica In-depth Analysis

SUBJECT: Persistent ethnic and political tensions in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Macedonia.

SIGNIFICANCE: Despite billions in foreign aid and an international military and political presence, the former Yugoslav republics remain unstable.

03 Aug 2007 description

At the end of July the Swedish Rescue Services Agency (SRSA) sent fire fighting equipment to Macedonia. Several countries have been seriously affected by forest fires and now the SRSA is sending assistance to Albania also.

"We are sending the same type of equipment as we sent to Macedonia but not quite as much of it," says Curt Näslund, project leader for the Albania operation.

"Six containers of equipment and ten cubic metres of foam compound were sent to Macedonia.

03 Aug 2007 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $50,000 for the purchase of fire fighting equipment to assist the Government of Bulgaria in combating recent wildfires.

U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Alexander Karagiannis declared a disaster in Bulgaria on August 1 due to the impact of wildfires in the country.

03 Aug 2007 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected fire locations over the affected areas of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. These site locations represent all active fires as detected by the MODIS Aqua and Terra satellites between the dates of 1 to 31 July 2007. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field.

02 Aug 2007 description

In response to the Macedonian government's appeal for assistance, Israel will ship emergency firefighting equipment to help extinguish fires caused by the severe heat wave sweeping the country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to send aid to the Republic of Macedonia to help in its battle against the extensive fires rampant in the country, caused by the extreme heat wave that has swept over Southern Europe in the past few days.

Upon receipt of the Macedonian government's appeal to neighboring friendly governments for assistance in extinguishing the fires, Vice …

01 Aug 2007 description

Message N=BA. : OPS(EADRCC)(2007)0040

Dtg: 1 AUG 2007, 13:00 UTC

From: Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre

To: Points of Contact for International Disaster Response in NATO and Partner Countries

Precedence: Priority

Originator: Duty Officer Tel: +32-2-707.2670

Approved by: Head EADRCC Tel: +32-2-707.2673

References: Request for Assistance, OPS(EADRCC)(2007)0022

This report consists of: -3- pages

31 Jul 2007 description
report European Commission

IP/07/1198

Brussels, 31 July 2007. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia requested EU assistance to fight the fires that have been ravaging through its woodlands these last days. As the EU candidate country struggles to quell them, it has turned to the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection for support.