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Balkans Task Force (BTF)
Situation Report No. 7

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Thursday, 2 June 1999
Overview
  • Western countries began discussions on 27 May concerning a new "Marshall Plan" to rebuild southeastern Europe after the Balkans conflict. Besides the EU, those represented at the meeting were EIB, EBRD, IMF, NATO, OECD, OSCE, WEU , World Bank, Canada and Japan .

  • During a press conference of 30 May, NATO stated that they were not doing a formal assessment of environmental damage in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).

  • The Bulgarian Prime Minister affirmed on 28 May that NATO bombings in the FRY do not threaten Bulgaria with an environmental disaster (see also attachment 1).1

  • Greek, Russian and Swiss members of the "FOCUS" project were still awaiting visas to proceed to FRY. Green Cross and WFP staff are part of the Swiss team going to the field to assess environment and human settlements impacts of the conflict, information which they woulsd later be willing to share with the BTF.

  • UNHCR and other UN agencies are preparing an appeal for funding of various aid programs for Kosovo refugees and displaced people through the end of the year, covering needs for the ongoing emergency and limited "winterization" requirements.

  • Since late 24 March, nearly 980’000 people have fled Kosovo. The estimated number of refugees and displaced people in the overall region affected is 781’600, including 442’600 in Albania, 248’900 (110‘300 in camps) in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 68’400 in Montenegro and 21’700 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Major Developments
Air
  • The mobile environment control stations in Breznik and Bregovo in northwestern Bulgaria and in Blagoevgrad in southwestern Bulgaria identified no increase of atmospheric
1. BTA, Bulgarian News Agency, 5/30/99.
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