I) Nature and Impact of Events
The next U.S. administration following the Clinton presidency will inherit a "heavy responsibility to maintain and expand" the close U.S.-Africa partnership that has been put in place and fostered during the past eight years, says Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Susan Rice.
The following statement, written in English, Albanian and Serbian and signed by 78 international NGOs, was sent to the Kosovo local press, UNMIK, the UN agencies, OSCE and KFOR on 9th September, in protest against the continuation of and escalation in ethnically motivated violence in the province.
ABIDJAN, 19 September 2000 (IRIN) - Urban residents of northern Sierra Leone say there have been far fewer human rights abuses in their towns since Issa Sesay took command of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel group, a member of a local NGO told IRIN.
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Developments today, 19 September 2000, Updated 4:30 p.m. EST
Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Loas have been struck by the worst floods in decades. It is estimated that more than one million people in the Delta area will be affected. Monsoon rains in the Vietnamese provinces of Long An, Dong Thap and An Giang, next to the Cambodia border have left 13 people dead and 150,000 driven from their homes. In Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, approximately 680,000 people have already been affected by the rising water and 97 people have been reportedly killed. The Delta's dry season does not start until November.
Geneva/Beijing/Bangkok, 19 September
Geneva, 19 September 2000
The holds on twelve contracts in the agriculture and housing sectors were lifted this week. The contracts involved the purchase by Iraq under the terms of the oil-for-food programme of water tankers for use in irrigation and housing materials including iron bars and hot rolled sheets. Their combined value was $18.9 million dollars.
JOHANNESBURG, 19 September (IRIN) - Hundreds of Angolan refugees have crossed into neighbouring Zambia in recent days, UNHCR told IRIN on Tuesday.
More than 200 rebels in Sierra Leone have turned in their weapons to United Nations troops, a UN spokesman said today in New York.
SOMALIA: UN security officers attacked by gunmen
Geneva - Freetown, 19th September 2000
GUECKEDOU, Guinea (September 19, 2000) -- CARE today announced it has evacuated its international staff from Gueckedou, Guinea, following chaos in the area after Sunday's attack in the nearby town of Macenta. The attack killed an unknown number of people, including United Nations personnel.
Emergency Announcement on Large Floods in the Mekong River Delta
Two United Nations security officers have been evacuated from a city in southern Somalia after armed gunmen attacked the World Health Organization (WHO) compound where they were staying, a UN spokesman announced today.
Catholic Relief Services remains committed to flood relief efforts in Vietnam's central provinces. The flooding of 1999-2000 was the worst to hit Vietnam in the last century.
Prime Minister Andranik Markarian on 18 September called on the international community to assist Armenia in coping with the worst drought in decades, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reported. He said that Armenia's "extraordinarily difficult situation" represented "a serious threat to the country's food security.