The BTF environmental
experts concluded their fieldwork in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) and are now
working on the final report.
A report examining the
situation of ethnic minorities in Kosovo was released on 10 September by the Organization
for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR).
The European Council,
meeting in Brussels on 13 September, condemned the continuing acts of violence and
harassment in Kosovo and expressed concern that many Serbs and other minorities have
recently left the region. The council emphasized the importance of finalizing the UNMIK
deployment in Kosovo. It also welcomed the fact that KFOR deployment will soon be
completed. The Council stressed the importance of completing the demilitarization of the
KLA and of the dismantling of its military structures, and called on the KLA to meet the
19 September deadline. It agreed that the time has come to establish formal contacts with
the representatives of democratic forces in Serbia and Montenegro.
The UN Secretary-General
is also alarmed at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in other parts of FRY,
particularly in view of the coming winter. Data collected by the United Nations indicates
that the vulnerable population of Serbia and Montenegro is growing.
The head of the UN
administration in Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, met on 10 September with UN Security Council
members to report on progress made in restoring normalcy in the province. He reported that
the UN in Kosovo was succeeding in reducing crime and establishing a civil administration
in the territory, but it would take time to build a multi-ethnic Kosovo.
commission on the Kosovo conflict, backed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, is to
investigate the cause of the air war over Kosovo and how to prevent similar conflicts from
recurring. The commission, headed by South African judge Richard Goldstone, who served as
chief prosecutor for the International War Crimes Tribunal from 1994-1996, will
investigate the events that led up to the Kosovo crisis, the war itself and its aftermath.
UNMIK announced on 13
September that a large World Bank team is in Kosovo studying 15 sectors of the economy for
the targeting of future investment requirements.