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11 Dec 2001 description

Building on the success of its recent environmental assessments in the Balkans region, including the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Nations Environment Programme is launching today its new Post-Conflict Assessment Unit.

12 Aug 1999 description

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UNHCR's Special Envoy Dennis McNamara is travelling to Belgrade this week to look into the situation of displaced Serb and Roma people from Kosovo who have moved into Serbia and Montenegro.

08 Jul 1999 description

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  • UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on 30 June that supply of water and electricity in Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro should be considered as humanitarian issues because they are essential, life- sustaining systems, particularly as winter is not far away. There was a sense that priority should be given to re-establishing conditions for the use of the Danube because of its importance to the region.
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27 May 1999 description

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  • The Romanian Minister of Environment Romica Tomescu has been quoted as stating that "pollution of water, air and land has grown since the beginning of the conflict", and that as a result, "negative consequences for animals and the population are to be feared..." (see specific items below).
  • WWF International (P. Weller) reiterated in a radio interview on 26 May, that despite uncertainties on environmental impacts, the countries concerned do and will need assistance in terms of monitoring equipment and materials for same.
21 May 1999 description

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  • A delegation from the Union of Greece Scientists returned from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) where they have examined the chemical plant at Pancevo and the refinery at Novi Sad. They have prepared a report including their observations on materials released to the environment, which is currently being translated. (WWF International, 5/19/99.)
  • Greenpeace-Greece said on 19 May that NATO's bombing of FRY is not only causing widespread pollution throughout the Balkans but risks a major nuclear accident.
18 May 1999 description

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  • Under the aegis of the joint "Focus" humanitarian relief programme of the Russian Federation, Greece and Switzerland, set up on 28 April, a team of ecology/environment experts is being dispatched to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) in the coming days. Two "Focus" humanitarian convoys have already gone to Pristina and Nis in FRY.
14 May 1999 description

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  • UNDP announced on 11 May the creation of a Kosovo Crisis Trust Fund to help Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) address the medium and long-term implications of the influx of ethnic Albanian refugees.
  • The Red Cross announced they will carry out an assessment on the present and future ecological problems in Yugoslavia.
12 May 1999 description

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  • During the recent meeting of European Union Environment Ministers, several delegations expressed concern over the environmental implication of NATO's bombing campaign.
  • Scientific and environmental groups across the Balkans and the Swiss-based Worldwide Fund for Nature have expressed deep concern over potential ecological effects of the NATO bombing.
  • Around 780'000 refugees have fled to neighboring countries.
10 May 1999 description

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  • Albanian officials say they will accept as many as one million refugees if necessary. Macedonian border appears
    to be closed.
  • Estimated number of refugees and displaced people has reached more than 718,000 - including 230,900 in FYR