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Balkans Task Force (BTF)
Situation Report No. 9

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Thursday, 17 June 1999
Overview
  • On Thursday 10 June, in accordance with the 9 June Military-Technical Agreement, NATO suspended its bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).

  • The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1244 on 10 June, following the conclusion of the military agreement on the withdrawal of Serb forces from Kosovo.

  • Forty-four states and international organisations approved the creation of the "Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe", sponsored by the European Union (EU) and under the auspices of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), on 10 June.

  • The President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly welcomed the adoption of the UN security council resolution, and declared that the Council of Europe will contribute to the reconstruction of society in Kosovo in the fields of its expertise, on 11 June.

  • The international security force KFOR began to deploy inside Kosovo on 12 June.

  • According to UNHCR, the estimated number of Kosovo Albanian refugees and displaced people in the region affected is 750‘400, including 424‘600 in Albania, 69‘700 in Montenegro, 234‘400 in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) (102‘300 in camps) and 21‘700 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as of 17 June. More than 33’000 Serbian civilians have fled Kosovo through Montenegro and Serbia. Several thousand refugees have returned spontaneously from Albania and FYROM as Yugoslav forces continue to withdraw. UNHCR continues to urge refugees not to return to Kosovo until the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops has been completed, and KFOR has been fully deployed.

  • UNHCR has established a geographic information system (GIS) unit based in Skopje which will collaborate with partner agencies to provide a coordinated approach to humanitarian information collection and analysis relating to Kosovo. As part of this process, a multi-sectoral Rapid Village Assessment , developed in consultation with technical experts and key NGOs, will be undertaken by UNHCR and partner agencies immediately upon return to Kosovo. The assessment will collect information on population, shelter damage, infrastructure, mines, health, water supply, protection and assistance and provide important baseline information until detailed sectoral assessments can be undertaken.

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