- The Minister of Development, Science and Environment of
the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), Mr. Jagos Zelenovic, said on the occasion of
World Environment Day (5 June), that "NATOs bombing of chemical and power
industry facilities throughout the country has caused a large number of technological,
chemical and industrial accidents containing elements of ecological disasters". Mr.
Zelenovic also accused NATO of committing "ecocide" in the FRY.
During the 7th meeting
of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on 27 May, Mr. Jernej
Stritih, Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern
Europe (REC), said that their Country Offices in Belgrade, Skopje, Tirana and Sofia are
collecting information on environmental problems caused by the Balkans crisis, and that
REC is developing emergency projects of environmental awareness raising for the refugees.
Environment Ministry is monitoring potential pollution from the bombing with mobile
The first Swiss member
of the Greek-Russian-Swiss "FOCUS Project" assessment/humanitarian team has
received a visa for FRY and departed for Belgrade on 9 June.
A United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) report on the situation of human rights in Kosovo
was published on 31 May. More than 980000 people have fled Kosovo as of 9 June. The
estimated number of refugees and displaced people in the overall region affected is
783000, including 444200 in Albania, 247400 (107800 in camps) in
the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 69700 in Montenegro and
21700 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
A report "The
Economic Consequences of the Kosovo Crisis: An Updated Assessment" was prepared by
the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in consultation with the World Bank.