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10 Dec 1999 description

Otawa -- Maria Minna, Canada's Minister for International Cooperation, today announced $200,000 for the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) to provide shelter for more than 400 families affected by the floods in Vietnam. This brings the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) total contribution to victims of the floods to $300,000 since November 1999.

"The areas that were most affected by the floods are among the poorest in the country. There are very few resources with which to rebuild," said Minister Minna.

10 Dec 1999 description

CHECHNYA - Thousands are seeking safety following a Russian military warning last week, announcing plans to begin an assault on the Chechen capital of Grozny on December 11, in an attempt to gain control of the capital by the New Year. Some 200,000 Chechens displaced by Russian military air strikes and artillery shelling across the region have fled to nearby Georgia, Ingushetia, Daghestan, and North Ossetia.

10 Dec 1999 description
report Government of Japan

On December 10 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance of about 62 million yen to two NGOs (Shanti Volunteer Association and World Vision Japan), which are engaged in supporting those who lost their houses in the earthquake in Taiwan.

10 Dec 1999 description

There is an urgent need to return East Timorese displaced from West Timor and elsewhere in Indonesia to their communities of origin in order for rehabilitation, reconstruction and development to begin as quickly as possible. The safe and orderly return transportation of displaced persons is the responsibility of IOM by agreement and in close cooperation with UNHCR.

10 Dec 1999 description

This report includes: A) Russian Federation/Chechnya B) Balkans C) Afghanistan D) Somalia E) Tanzania F) Democratic Republic of Congo.

10 Dec 1999 description

The Head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), D. Bernard Kouchner today urged Kosovars to resist extremists seeking revenge and to speak out against violence.

10 Dec 1999 description
report IRIN

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10 Dec 1999 description

By Peter Graff

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A senior Russian official offered on Friday to negotiate the evacuation of civilians trapped in Grozny and said there was no deadline for them to leave the besieged Chechen capital.

Chechen fighters said they had withdrawn from the last major town they had held in the lowlands apart from Grozny and were regrouping near the mountains in the south of the province.

In southwestern Chechnya, Chechen field commander Akhmed Basmukayev told Reuters correspondent Maria Eismont that civilians were unable to leave Grozny because of heavy Russian shelling of …

10 Dec 1999 description

Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Press Release
Unofficial translation

Dan Svanell
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Per Sjögren

10 Dec 1999 description

Prepared by Mary Wareham, Human Rights Watch
For the First Meeting of the Standing Committee of Experts on Stockpile Destruction
Geneva, Switzerland
9-10 December 1999
For more information or to make a clarification or comment, please contact:

Mary Wareham, Human Rights Watch
1630 Connecticut Ave NW, #500
Washington, USA 20009
Tel. 1-202-612-3456
Fax. 1-202-612-3333
Email. wareham@hrw.org

1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and On their Destruction

10 Dec 1999 description
report IRIN

SOMALIA: Puntland orders out three UN staff
The UN this week received letters of expulsion for three international staff members from the self-declared state of Puntland in northeastern Somalia. The letters, from Puntland's "interior minister" Hassan Abshir Farah, accused the three - Eddie Johns of UNDP/UNCTAD, Remmelt Hummeyn of UNDP and Said Al-Naimari of UNICEF - of "unsatisfactory services". heir

10 Dec 1999 description

On 9 December 1999, Switzerland accepted to take over the chairmanship of the "Afghanistan Support Group" (ASG) from Canada. The ASG is a group of countries which work together to provide international support for Afghanistan. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will be responsible for the chairmanship of the ASG.

Afghanistan has been either on the verge of civil war or in a state of open armed conflict for decades. The degree to which this situation has affected the country varies considerably from one part to another.

10 Dec 1999 description
  1. Summary of Current Disaster Conditions in Vietnam
    1. Situation Analysis of the Tropical Depression:
10 Dec 1999 description

BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has called for international aid following floods in Brazzaville and other regions in the north of the country.

10 Dec 1999 description

Ref: GVA/99/0251
Yemen - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 1