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05 Oct 1998 description

By a unanimous action on Monday, the General Assembly urged all States to assist the Caribbean countries that have suffered the destruction of hurricane Georges.

05 Oct 1998 description
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05 Oct 1998 description

Belgrade, 5 October 1998 (RFE/RL) - Yugoslav Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic said today that five of the 10 units of special police deployed in Kosovo have been pulled out of the war-torn southern Serbian province. He made the statement in Belgrade before a special session of the Yugoslav parliament called to discuss the situation in Kosovo ahead of the delivery of a crucial report by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

05 Oct 1998 description

The following statement is attributable to John Mills, Spokesman for the Office of the Iraq Programme Weekly Update from the Office of the Iraq Programme, Press Release

05 Oct 1998 description

The federal legislature is scheduled to discuss Kosova in a special session on 5 October. The previous day, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic chaired a meeting of the Supreme Defense Council to discuss possible NATO intervention against Yugoslav military targets (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 2 October 1998).

05 Oct 1998 description

Since the establishment of the Kurdish Repatriation Programme (KRP) in 1994, IOM Iran has provided transport assistance to 11,282 Iraqi refugees residing in Iran wishing to be repatriated to Northern Iraq via specified border exit stations.


Since January 1998 until present, 8,735 individuals have benefited from this programme which is fully funded by UNHCR. It is expected that more refugees will return under the framework of this project in the near future.

Statistics for KRP:

1994: 2,291 people
1995: 1,690
1996: 2,338
1997: 4,913
1998: 8,735

05 Oct 1998 description

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned that thousands could die if the present state of affairs persists in the conflict-torn Kosovo province of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

05 Oct 1998 description

The total revenue generated during the current phase of the oil-for-food programme has now passed the $2 billion mark, but it still falls short of the ceiling allotment, according to a spokesman for the Office of the Iraq Programme.

05 Oct 1998 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires
IRIN - Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
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05 Oct 1998 description

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has confirmed the postponement of the meeting of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Technical Committee on Humanitarian Assistance originally scheduled from 5-7 October in Nairobi, Kenya.

05 Oct 1998 description

While the United States and Europe prepare for possible airstrikes against Serb forces, diplomats in the province of Kosovo are unsure that bombing will stem the conflict.

Following the discoveries of at least three massacres of ethnic Albanians last week, differences of opinion have widened between some officials in Washington and diplomats on the ground in Kosovo.

A decision on military intervention could come this week, with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan expected to offer an assessment today.

05 Oct 1998 description
report World Vision

What: A group of young people is packing clothing valued at $830,000 for shipment to Haiti, The Dominican Republic and Kosovo
Who: Trinity Anglican Church - Senior Youth Group from Streetsville will pack the clothing for shipment.

The Northern Group of stores (including Northern Reflections, Northern Getaway, Northern Elements and Northern Traditions) donated the clothing for distribution by World Vision Canada to Hurricane Georges' victims and families in war-torn Kosovo.

When: Friday 7:30 pm to 11 pm (TONIGHT - Sept. 25)

04 Oct 1998 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA (Oct. 4) XINHUA - The Ugandan government condemned the Sudanese air attack on Pakele trading center in the northwestern district of Moyo district.

04 Oct 1998 description
report Xinhua

KHARTOUM (Oct. 4) XINHUA - The Sudanese government has lodged a complaint with U.N. Security Council against Uganda for its aggression against Sudanese territory, and Eritrea for being an accomplice.

04 Oct 1998 description

BELGRADE, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Yugoslavia vowed to defend itself on the eve of the release of a crucial report by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan which could give the green light for NATO air strikes over the crisis in Kosovo.

Yugoslavia's statement of defiance after a meeting of the country's Supreme Defence Council followed a strong warning from Russia that Western military intervention in the Kosovo conflict would cause a crisis in East-West relations.

"If we are attacked, we shall defend the country by all available means.

04 Oct 1998 description

By Andrea Shalal-Esa

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke will head to Belgrade on Monday for urgent talks aimed at convincing Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to comply with U.N. demands to end ethnic violence in Kosovo.

Holbrooke's unexpected trip -- at the request of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright -- coincides with the release of a report by U.N.

04 Oct 1998 description

By Alkha Tosuyev

GROZNY, Russia, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Three Britons and a New Zealander were kidnapped after a raid on their house in the breakaway Russian republic of Chechnya, the latest in a series of hostage takings in the troubled region, Chechen and British officials said on Sunday.

In London, the British Foreign Office said the men were employed by an English firm, and a newspaper report said they had been working on a contract to build a telecommunications system for Chechnya.

The head of a special police anti-kidnapping unit in Grozny, General Shaid Bargishev, confirmed …

03 Oct 1998 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires
IRIN - Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
Tel: +254 2 622 147
Fax: +254 2 622 129