Period covered: 5-18 June 1997
The information contained in this report was provided by the Office of the
United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Liberia
NOTE: Please be reminded that the Humanitarian Activity Report is now being issued every two weeks.
REPORTING PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
At the invitation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the president of Food for the Hungry International (FHI), Ted Yamamori visited the country of North Korea in April 1996 to assess the needs first hand and follow-up on the results of shipments of medical supplies sent by FHI recently.
ATHENS (AP-Dow Jones)--Greece and Armenia signed a defense cooperation agreement Tuesday under which they will exchange information on weapons and training.
The agreement is one of several pacts that Greece has signed with countries in the region.
'I would like to stress that our country gives great priority to reaching the targets of the defense agreement between the two countries,' Greek Defense Minister Gerasimos Arsenis said after signing the pact with his Armenian counterpart, Vargen Sargsyan.
The Food Aid Delivery Pipeline (availability vs. requirements) 300,000 Beneficiaries
Summary for four months (July-October 1996)
Dry weather conditions continued across northern parts, which received little rainfall over several weeks. More rainfall is needed for rainfed crops, though water supplies for irrigated crops are thought to be adequate. However, temperatures averaged 1-3 degrees centigrade above normal increasing evaporation rates.
MONITOR - A DAILY BRIEFING ON THE POST-SOVIET STATES
CHECHEN RESISTANCE SHOWS RESTRAINT ON ELECTION DAY. Top Russian officials, including Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and leaders of the delegation to armistice talks, said over the weekend that the Kremlin was in constant contact with the Chechen insurgent leadership, and that the latter had decided to allow the June 16 elections to proceed in Chechnya without significant disruption.
LUANDA, June 17 (Reuter) - The United Nations on Monday praised Angola's UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi for disarming more than 49,000 soldiers by the weekend.
U.N. chief to Angola, Alioune Blondin Beye, held talks with Savimbi at Andulo in the central highlands and said he was pleased with progress in disarming UNITA fighters under a 1994 peace pact with the Angolan government to end two decades of civil war.
Beye said Savimbi had pledged to disarm 50,000 UNITA troops by Saturday, June 15, at 14 U.N.-supervised assembly camps.
By Syed Amin Jafri
HYDERABAD, India, June 17 (Reuter) - A tropical cyclone which killed more than 120 people in southern India and caused millions of dollars in damage has petered out, authorities said on Monday.
"It is no longer a cyclone," meteorological department official R.R. Kelkar said. "It is now more a rain-generating system, with no damage potential like a cyclone."
By Christian Jennings
On 16 June, tropical cyclone 03B hit coastal parts of the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, resulting in more than 120 deaths and displacing a large number of people. In the state of Andhra Pradesh, it is officially estimated that some 3 700 hectares of crops, mostly rice nurseries, were damaged or destroyed. However, overall crop damage was limited, as Kharif planting had not begun and there were no standing crops. Considerable damage also occurred to communications, property and transportation.
KIGALI, June 16 (Reuter) - A total
of 34 local government officials were killed in Rwanda in the first five
months of this year, the U.N. human rights office in Rwanda says.
In a statement, it said it was concerned at the increasing attacks on local government officials that peaked in March with 15 assassinations, followed by eight in April and seven in May.
By Mure Dickie
YANJI, China, June 15 (Reuter) - The Red Cross warned on Saturday of outbreaks of measles and diarrhoea among North Korean children, malnourished after the worst floods in a century devastated crops last year.
In this Chinese border town, officials said truckloads of flour were crossing into North Korea irregularly, hampered by the inability of North Korean purchasers to afford more.
Port of Batumi and Poti: Traffic in Metric Tons
New Government Formed to Tackle Economic Crisis