The BTF Danube technical
mission started its fieldwork in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) on 23 August and
is expected to leave FRY on 28 August.
UNMIK announced on 23
August that UNMIK Police had begun taking over primary responsibility for law and order in
Pristina. The UN civilian police assumed investigative authority and jurisdiction for
enforcing criminal codes, conducting investigations, making arrests for criminal offences,
and interfacing with the community.
Annan has chosen Tom Koenigs, currently head of the Environmental Protection Department
for the city of Frankfurt, as the new United Nations Deputy Special Representative for
Civil Administration. Mr. Koenigs will replace Dominique Vian, who will return to his
duties with the French Government. He is expected to take up his post in Kosovo's capital,
Pristina, during the first week of September.
The Council of Europe
Secretariat has opened on 20 August an office in Kosovo. The Council of Europe is working
in Kosovo on legislation and reforms to bring it in line with the Council of Europe texts
such as the European Convention on Human Rights, on restructuring and reforming the
judiciary, establishment and functioning of self-government, protection of minorities,
property rights and population registration.
In spite of an
agricultural forecast which is now more optimistic than it was one month ago, food
shortfalls will remain very high in Kosovo because the population of the province is also
higher than initially envisioned.
The Yugoslav Red Cross
and local municipalities in Kosovo reported that 196,000 Serbs and Roma have fled Kosovo
since NATO forces entered in mid-June. Of this total, 169,100 entered Serbia and 23,500
relocated to Montenegro. In addition, 3,257 people who departed Kosovo are refugees from
Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. During this period, 767,700 Kosovars have returned to the
Serbian province, including 51,000 who came back from countries outside the Balkan region,
as of 25 August.