MIAMI -- Even as U.S. agencies mount their largest-ever foreign relief operation to help the victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America, officials in Washington are crafting a long-term assistance strategy for regional reconstruction, according to U.S.
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U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called on Milosevic on 8 December to grant Kosova "substantial autonomy." Speaking at the annual meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, she urged the Atlantic alliance to find "an appropriate way to support the democratic aspirations of the Serb people.
The severed heads of three Britons and a New Zealander who had been abducted in Grozny on 3 October were found on 8 December in a Chechen village close to the border with Ingushetia. Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov expressed his indignation and regret at the killings, which he attributed to a struggle between the "great powers" for influence in the Caucasus.
Leonid Kuchma signed a draft law on a $200 million World Bank loan to upgrade Kyiv's heating system, AP reported on 9 December. The deal must be ratified by the parliament and is still subject to the IMF's approving the government's reform program. The money would be used to modernize the city's power plants. Kuchma also issued a decree setting up a special economic zone in Transcarpathia, the western part of the country that was hit badly by floods last month. The decree grants tax breaks and provides incentives for investment in the region. PB
By Alkha Tosuyev
GROZNY, Russia, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov said on Wednesday the kidnappers who beheaded four Western hostages in the rebel Russian region had murdered their captives during a failed rescue operation.
The severed heads of the three Britons and one New Zealander were discovered on Tuesday on a deserted highway in Chechnya, a lawless region where kidnappings have become commonplace but foreign captives had not previously been murdered.
''The kidnappers cruelly massacred the hostages during an operation to free the hostages,'' …
In Kosovo, at the moment, there is a shortage of emergency food assistance and difficulties delivering emergency aid. Some agencies describe the situation as fast approaching a "food crisis" for this embattled Yugoslav province.
Tepitapia Sannah, PANA Correspondent
Using language reminiscent of Soviet press attacks on "bourgeois falsifiers" during the 1980s, Tajik Prime Minister Yakhye Azimov has harshly criticized "newly-baked politologists" who he claims seek to undermine Tajikistan's sovereign status by overstating and fanning inter-regional tensions. Writing in "Nezavisimaya gazeta" on 4 December, Azimov concedes that "separatist aspirations" and "regional self-identification" still exist and constitute the main obstacle to the emergence of a sense of Tajik nationhood.
Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said on 7 December that he hopes Azerbaijan will reconsider its approach to resuming talks on a settlement of the Karabakh conflict even though it has rejected what he termed the "compromise variant" of a "common state" proposed in the latest OSCE Minsk Group draft plan.
Norwegian People's Aid runs 4 hospitals in South Sudan. They are located in Chukudum, Nimule, Labone and Yei. These hospitals are important parts of the healthcare system for people in the area. These hospitals has throughout 1998 experienced repeated bombraids from the Government of Sudan aircrafts.
Azerbaijan Humanitarian Assistance Program
(AHAP) Goranboy Liberated Area
Request for Applications (RFA) -- Integrated Village Project
Released December 4, 1998
Mercy Corps International is seeking applications from qualifying Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) registered with USAID to implement an "Integrated Village Project" under the "Azerbaijan Humanitarian Assistance Program".
New York 9 December 1998 -- The Administrator of UNDP, James Gustave Speth, will represent UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan at a Consultative Group Meeting for the Reconstruction of Central America hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. December 10-11. Participants will discuss wide-ranging measures for relief and recovery for victims of hurricane Mitch.
The information contained in this report was provided by the United Nations Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Unit in Luanda (UCAH)
Afghanistan Support Group Meeting