- The Romanian Minister of Environment Romica Tomescu has
been quoted as stating that "pollution of water, air and land has grown since the
beginning of the conflict", and that as a result, "negative consequences for
animals and the population are to be feared
" (see specific items below).
- WWF International (P. Weller) reiterated in a radio
interview on 26 May, that despite uncertainties on environmental impacts, the countries
concerned do and will need assistance in terms of monitoring equipment and materials for
same. UNEP was positively mentioned as being willing to support assistance.
The ICRC completed a
five-day assessment mission to Kosovo, including Prizren, Pristina and the Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) border area. The objectives of the mission were to make a
first evaluation of the security environment, re-establish contacts and assess the
feasibility of re-establishing a fully operational set-up again in Kosovo.1
As of 27 May, the
estimated number of refugees and displaced people in the overall region affected is
779300, including 440600 in Albania, 252300 in the FYROM (106200
in camps), 64900 in Montenegro and 21500 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.