Security remains a major
problem in Kosovo.
A WWF-organised team of
experts began a three day mission to Yugoslavia on July 28 to undertake a rapid assessment
of the war's environmental impact at major hot spots.
The first roundtable
meeting for implementing the Balkans Stability Pact will be held on 13 September, European
Union (EU) regional coordinator Bodo Hombach announced on 1 August in the German newspaper
The Sarajevo Summit,
chaired by President Martti Ahtisaari of Finland, focused on peace and stability in the
Balkans. It was attended by 40 heads of State and government as well as over 15
international and regional organizations. Specific issues being discussed were human
rights and democracy, economic reconstruction and security. Clinton announced a package of
US$ 700 million in aid, trade programs, and business incentives to the Balkans.
Humanitarian aid has not been ruled out to Serbia. The BTF was represented at the summit
by the Chairman, Mr. Pekka Haavisto.
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair visited Pristina on 31 July and met with Bernard Kouchner, the UN Special
Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo, General Michael Jackson of KFOR, as
well as with local leaders in Kosovo. Prime Minister Blair also took the occasion to
address the people of Kosovo outside the UNMIK Headquarters in Pristina.
US Secretary of State
Madeline Albright visited Pristina on 29 July and met with Bernard Kouchner as well as
with General Michael Jackson.
The United States said
on 3 August it was contributing US$ 50 million to help the UN High Commissioner for
Refugee (UNHCR) in Kosovo and neighbouring countries affected by the Kosovo crisis.
The European Commission
(EC) has adopted proposals for Council of Ministers decisions providing macro-financial
assistance to Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Romania. In all
three cases the EU assistance would complement resources made available by the
International Financial Institutions and bilateral donors and be provided on the basis of
progress in the area of macro-economic stabilisation and reform.
UNHCR reported that the
total number of non-Albanian (mostly Serb and Roma) displaced people from Kosovo in Serbia
as of 29 July stood at 155,000, including around 3,000 refugees from Croatia