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17 Jun 1998 description

(The following statement is issued jointly by Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF; Sadako Ogata, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Olara Otunnu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Sergio Vieira de Mello the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator)

17 Jun 1998 description

Kosovo is a region within the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). Although the majority of the people in FRY are ethnic Serbs, Kosovo is a pocket that is 90% ethnic Albanian. Tensions have been high since Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic stripped Kosovo of its autonomy in 1989.

17 Jun 1998 description

At a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon, the Head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia, David Stephen, told correspondents that there was a change in the approach of the international community towards Somalia. Having lost patience with the country's warlords, the international community was abandoning its "top-down" approach, and looking instead at approaches that rewarded regions for maintaining peace.

17 Jun 1998 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

17 Jun 1998 description

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs

17 Jun 1998 description

America's Defence Secretary, William Cohen, has warned that the momentum for more immediate action by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will quickly build if the killing continues in Kosovo.

Mr Cohen says despite disagreement among the allies over whether a U-N mandate is required for military action, he predicted that the sentiment for action will prevail.

He says the NATO allies recognize that the lengthy delay in Bosnia resulted in needless killing and won't allow a repeat of that situation.

Meanwhile, President Bill Clinton has telephoned Russia's President …

17 Jun 1998 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 21-73-54
Fax: +225 21-63-35

17 Jun 1998 description
report Africanews

There are signs that the United Nations Observer Mission in Angola (MONUA) is struggling to meet its international obligations as military attacks by the rebel movement UNITA increase. The decision by the UN Security Council on 29 April to cut the size of MONUA's troops from 1,045 to 450 by the end of June has reduced the ability of MONUA to verify government allegations of attacks by UNITA, at the same time as military tension has risen in the country.

17 Jun 1998 description

The United States has renewed demands that Yugoslav forces withdraw from Kosovo.

America's Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, made the call after high-level talks in Moscow between Russia's President Boris Yeltsin and the Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic on the crisis:

CART: I would say that there was some progress but did not meet our primary points that the Contact Group raised which was to pull back, for Milosevic to pull back his security forces.

At a meeting in London last week, the six-nation Contact Group on the former Yugoslavia, had threatened …

17 Jun 1998 description

Ethnic Albanian leaders in Serbia's restive province of Kosovo on Wednesday called for NATO intervention and rejected Belgrade's offer to talk until it pulled out its special police units.

"Before (Yugoslav President Slobodan) Milosevic makes easy promises that he is for dialogue with the Albanians he has to withdraw special units from Kosovo and stop the ethnic cleansing," Xhemail Mustafa, spokesman for ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova, said in a written statement.

Mustafa said the Albanian side was "very interested" in the renewal of dialogue …

17 Jun 1998 description

Hundreds of people have been killed in tribal clashes in the western Sudanese state of Darfur, its governor was quoted on Wednesday as saying.

The Sudanese newspaper Akhbar al-Youm quoted Ibrahim Abdel-Rahman as saying that 235 people had been killed and 43 injured in clashes recently between the Fur and Messelit tribes.

He did not say when the fighting took place, but added that 84 villages had been burnt down before the tribes could be reconciled and a tribunal set up.

"The causes are local and there is no foreign hand," Abdel-Rahman said.

This is the first time …

16 Jun 1998 description

EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs

CWS/ACT APPEAL: GEORGIA-ABKHAZIA CRISIS (#976309)

16 Jun 1998 description

Contents
1. Chronology
2. Clergy in plea to the world
3. Nuba mark 15th year of SPLA struggle

16 Jun 1998 description

At a Headquarters press conference this morning, Rodolphe Adada, Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Congo, appealed to the international community for help in the civil reconstruction and development of his country. He also introduced a "White Book" on the Congo, entitled, The Civil Wars of CongoBrazzaville, November 1993-January 1994, June 5-October 15, 1997, which was circulated at the press conference.

16 Jun 1998 description
report IRIN

Clashes between government forces and the former rebel movement UNITA in eastern Angola on Sunday forced the UN peacekeeping force, MONUA, to order the evacuation of all UN staff from the town of Luau.

16 Jun 1998 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 21-73-54
Fax: +225 21-63-35

16 Jun 1998 description

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs