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17 Jun 1999 description

The further north one travels, the more the countryside resembles one endless scrapyard. Ruins of war and past economic chaos lie side by side, seamless and indistinguishable. Unfinished yet already decaying buildings alternate with destroyed homes. Rusted metal and broken concrete project everywhere, sometimes still sheltering landmines. Water spouts from ruptured pipes. People shuffle along the roads from one cheerless spot to another. All around, except for a few patches of stubborn endeavour, the land has gone to seed.

17 Jun 1999 description

A timely and effectively planned Federation and Sudanese Red Crescent (SRC) response to a severe meningitis epidemic in Sudan has received significant donor support. With the epidemic threatening to spiral out of control, the delivery of millions of vaccines as well as oily chloramphenicol and effective co-ordination between the agencies involved helped to reverse the trend. The Federation is in the process of carrying out training to increase the capacity for an early intervention in the future.

17 Jun 1999 description

(Exert from Daily Press Briefing of Office of Spokesman for Secretary-General)
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17 Jun 1999 description

En se rendant en Albanie, du 13 au 15 juin le Professeur Marc Gentilini a pu constater l'efficacité des actions menées par la Croix-Rouge Française. Il a pu également jauger l'ampleur de la mission qui reste à développer dans les prochains mois, pour que les réfugiés kosovars, une fois sur leur sol natal, retrouvent une vie décente. Julien Beaumont, journaliste, a suivi son voyage :

17 Jun 1999 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 17 June (IRIN) - The rights group Global Witness has challenged the diamond transnational De Beers and its London-based Central Selling Organisation to publicly clarify how they have changed their purchasing operations to ensure they no longer buy UN embargoed Angolan diamonds.

17 Jun 1999 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 1999 description
report IRIN

ZAMBIA: Destitute children want their own Welfare Fund

17 Jun 1999 description

SG/SM/7034
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The following statement was issued today by the Office of the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General has learned with concern of a large-scale confrontation on 14 June along the ceasefire line separating Azeri and Armenian ethnic forces, which resulted in the loss of human life. The Secretary-General calls upon all concerned to exercise restraint and to adhere strictly to the provisions of the ceasefire agreement of 1994, thus facilitating a political settlement of this protracted conflict.

17 Jun 1999 description

Meeting in Dushanbe on 16 June, government and opposition working groups scheduled a meeting the following day between President Imomali Rakhmonov and United Tajik Opposition leader Said Abdullo Nuri, Reuters reported. The two will address opposition demands that the Tajik authorities comply with specific aspects of the 1997 peace agreement allocating opposition representatives 30 percent of national and local government posts.

17 Jun 1999 description

Amazbei Kchach, interior minister of the unrecognized Republic of Abkhazia, told Caucasus Press on 16 June that he is certain that Georgian leadership is backing the White Legion guerrilla movement, which Kchach accused of trying to destabilize the situation in southern Abkhazia in order to deter Georgian displaced persons from returning to their abandoned homes there.

17 Jun 1999 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 1999 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

17 Jun 1999 description

Overview

  • On Thursday 10 June, in accordance with the 9 June Military-Technical Agreement, NATO suspended its bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).
  • The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1244 on 10 June, following the conclusion of the military agreement on the withdrawal of Serb forces from Kosovo.
16 Jun 1999 description

Cereal production in 1999 is expected to be about 750 000 tonnes, virtually unchanges from the previous year. Wheat is expected to account for about 300 000 tonnes. The north-western parts of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have faced additional strain on resources this winter and spring due to the crisis in the Balkans and the influx of large numbers of refugees.