- 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 980000 people have fled Kosovo. The estimated number of refugees and
displaced people in the overall region affected is 781600, including 442600 in
Albania, 248900 (110300 in camps) in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
(FYROM), 68400 in Montenegro and 21700 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.