Johannesburg, South Africa. April 5 2000
By Daria Sito-Sucic
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Reuters) - The U.N.
The Russian political movement Refakh has drafted a proposal for resolving the Chechen conflict, which it plans to present to President-elect Putin, Refakh leader and State Duma deputy Kurban Amirov told a press conference in Moscow on 4 April, according to "Nezavisimaya gazeta." The plan envisages the introduction of presidential rule in Chechnya for several years, followed by a referendum on the optimum status for Chechnya within the Russian Federation.
By Godfrey Mutizwa
During February and March 2000 Mozambique, one of the poorest countries in the Southern African region, suffered some of the worst flooding in over 50 years due to torrential rainfall causing mass devastation effecting a million people, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless.
Catuane (AIM) - Thousands of peasants in the district of Matutuine, in the southern Mozambican province of Maputo, are in urgent need of seeds for the second planting, following the loss of crops to floods on the Maputo river.
It is estimated that 7,326 hectares of cassava, sweet potatoes, peanuts, maize and other crops were washed away by the floods in this district.
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4,000 Residents of Tangi Chu without Food, Water
(Geneva, April 5, 2000) -- Human Rights Watch today expressed skepticism that a Russian investigation in Chechnya would reveal and punish the perpetrators of extensive atrocities there. The organization called on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, now meeting in Geneva, to reject the notion that a Russian inquiry is any substitute for an international investigation and to establish a thorough and transparent investigation by the United Nations instead.
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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ALEXANDER DOWNER
I am pleased to announce that Australia will contribute $1.5 million to assist in de-mining activities and malaria prevention in Mozambique.
With the fear that the flood waters may have dislodged landmines in a number of areas of Mozambique, land mine surveys, physical landmine removal and mine awareness campaigns will be intensified. Efforts will concentrate particularly in and around the centres that have been established to house the 450,000 people who have lost their homes in the floods.
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Committee on Migration, Refugees and Demography
Rapporteur: Mr Tadeusz Iwinski, Poland, Socialist Group
Minneapolis, April 5, 2000 -- The American Refugee Committee today urged the international community to step up efforts to help Rwanda, which is still struggling to recover from the genocide that began six years ago this week.
Dans la nuit du dimanche 2 à lundi 3 avril, Hudah, un cyclone tropical, a atteint la côte nord-est de Madagascar, avec des rafales atteignant 300 kms/h. Après le cyclone Eline en février dernier et la tempête Gloria en mars, c'est la troisième catastrophe naturelle qui frappe l'île en quelques semaines.
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Humanitarian Response, Hugh Parmer, announced at a press briefing today that USAID would send a logistics team to the Horn of Africa, to evaluate the infrastructure capabilities of delivering food to drought-stricken areas in the region.
A desperate state of emergency exists in the Horn of Africa countries which include Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Northern Kenya.
Millions of people across the Horn of Africa countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are again facing a killer famine.
UNTAET ESTABLISHES ADVISORY COUNCILS IN THE DISTRICTS
- Evolution of the Floods
The Umbeluzi River is stable and dropping slowly. It is expected that this situation will continue. The Incomati River fell overnight but might rise again at Ressano Garcia and Magude because of rain upstream. The level of the Limpopo River is declining slowly and no sharp drop is expected. The flow in the Save River rose overnight to alert level, although no fresh flooding has occurred.
In the centre of the country, the Buzi River and its tributaries have fallen significantly, mainly because the Chicamba dam has stopped discharging.
At a Headquarters press conference today, Rudolph von Bernuth, of Save the Children, and Michael Delaney, Director of Humanitarian Assistance of Oxfam American, described themselves as "desperate" to bring to the world's attention the drought and famine crisis affecting millions of people in Ethiopia.