KFOR Officials reported
that the overall security situation in Kosovo has improved considerably over the last
weeks. Attacks on Serbs decreased for the first time last week, despite several incidents
of abductions and intimidation.
UNMIK and KFOR announced
the reopening of the first schools in Kosovo on 1 September.
The BTF Danube technical
assessment mission left FRY on 28 August. The biodiversity technical assessment mission
will leave for FRY on 7 September.
Mr. Agustin Diaz De
Mera, Chairman of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Demography of the Council of
Europe's Parliamentary Assembly called on 31 August the Council of Europe's member states
to make a further effort, before winter comes, to increase their humanitarian and relief
measures for these people- in close co-operation with international and local humanitarian
Nations-supervised Kosovo Transitional Council agreed to form a commission to assist
efforts at enhancing security throughout the territory on 1 September. The commission will
advise UNMIK and the international security force, KFOR, on how to resolve specific
security concerns and to help set priorities for UN international civilian police
Dr. Bernard Kouchner met
the new US ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke, in Pristina, on 29 August.
The Security Council
condemned violence against ethnic minorities in Kosovo on 30 August and called on member
states to provide the UN mission in the province with the means to do its job.
Some 772'300 Kosovars
have returned to Kosovo since the peace agreement in June. Around 43'200 refugees and
displaced people remain in the region, including 7'700 in Montenegro, 6'500 in Albania,
10'190 in Bosnia-Herzegovina and 18'800 in FYROM. An estimated 200,000 Serb and Roma
people who fled their homes in Kosovo have arrived in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia,
according to figures from the Yugoslav Red Cross and local municipal authorities,
including 173'000 in Serbia proper, 23'500 in Montenegro and 3'257 refugees from Croatia