JOHANNESBURG, 1 February (IRIN) - The British-based NGO, Global Witness, has said the Angolan government had to tighten up its diamond certification system to ensure that stones procured by the UNITA rebel movement were not inadvertently sold on the international market.
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JOHANNESBURG, 1 February (IRIN) - Heavy fighting in southeast Angola between government forces and UNITA rebels has raised fears of a fresh refugee influx into the all but inaccessible Zambian flood plains along the western banks of the upper Zambezi River.
NATO helicopters deliver blankets to remote areas this week. While cold, most Kosovars are coping.
By Richard Mertens, Special to The Christian Science Monitor
As the sun sinks behind a distant mountain ridge, Ajshe Bytyqi stands in her frozen yard, surrounded by her five children, all hatless and sniffling, their bare hands stuffed in their pockets. An empty canvas tent sags against a backdrop of snowy fields.
"We're living here, down in the earth," says Mrs. Bytyqi, waving her hand toward the foundation of a house that juts a few feet above the ground.
NEW YORK, 1 February (IRIN) - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that the UN and the international community should have done more to prevent the resumption of the civil war in Angola just over a year ago.
(New York, February 1, 2000) - Human Rights Watch today called for stepped-up efforts to bring to justice those responsible for the killing, mass destruction, and forced expulsions that wracked East Timor last September.
By Joanne Collins
BAUCAU, East Timor (Reuters) - A U.N. peacekeeping operation in wrecked East Timor formally got underway on Tuesday as international troops swapped hats in a symbolic ceremony.
Some 210 Thai, Korean and Filipino troops exchanged military caps for the blue berets worn by U.N. peacekeepers around the world. The ceremony took place at an airbase in the second city Baucau, east of the capital Dili.
They were also presented with U.N.
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There is a continuing need to return up to 110,000 displaced persons in West Timor to their communities of origin in East Timor, in order for rehabilitation, reconstruction and development to begin. The safe and orderly return transportation of displaced persons is the responsibility of IOM by agreement and in close co-operation with UNHCR.
NEW YORK, 1 February (IRIN) - As the UN Security Council's "Month of Africa" debate drew to a close last week after heads of state from around Africa addressed the world body, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke to IRIN about the key issues.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2000 - Acting as the lead agency, World Vision Kenya has continued to distribute Government food reserves in the famine-stricken Turkana District.
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The situation in affected areas continues to improve, with road links being restored, public and private transport back to normal and telecommunications connected. Electricity supplies will, however, take up to a year to fully restore.
Catholic Relief Services continues to respond to the worst flooding to hit Vietnam this century. Currently, the regions of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Quang Binh and Da Nang City are still experiencing life-threatening floods.
Angola remains in the grip of a civil war which has forced two million Angolans to flee their homes. The front lines have moved dramatically over recent months but an enduring peace is still far away. Meanwhile Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, has appealed to the international community to respond generously to this year's US $258 million consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal for Angola.