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Balkans Task Force (BTF)
Situation Report No. 23

UNCHS (Habitat)

Thursday,   23 September 1999
Overview
  • The demilitarisation of the KLA was completed by the 19 September deadline. In a ceremony at KFOR headquarters on 20 September, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, signed a regulation establishing the Kosovo Protection Corps, as a civilian emergency service agency.

  • UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in a report to the Security Council issued on 20 September, urged the international community to continue to provide political, financial and economic support for the UN's operation in Kosovo.

  • A joint initiative of the George C. Marshall Foundation, the World Bank, and the European Commission will bring prominent world leaders and experts to Washington on 24 September for a high-level public forum on economic reconstruction of the Balkan region.

  • The European Union announced on 6 September it would lift oil and flight embargo on Kosovo and Montenegro.

  • The Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), Vladislav Jovanovic, introduced the second volume of "NATO Crimes in Yugoslavia" at a UN Headquarters press conference. The first volume of the official White Book on NATO aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was published by the Yugoslav Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the end of May and covered the period from 24 March to 24 April 1999. The second volume, distributed to reporters at the press conference, covered 25 April to 10 June 1999.

  • The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo Bernard Kouchner was in Moscow on 15 September where he met with Foreign Minister Ivanov of the Russian Federation. The talks focussed on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1244. Elaborating on the civilian corps, Dr. Kouchner stated that it could be composed of reconstruction, fire and environmental brigades, which would be the responsibility of UNMIK's Civil Administration.

Major Developments
Water
  • The Environment News Service reported that in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) KFOR admitted that its helicopters ejected unexploded ordnance

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