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War In The Balkans: Briefing Day 58

t The United Nations refugee agency yesterday released details of a plan to return up to 1.5 million ethnic Albanian refugees to their homes in Kosovo, but said it was nowhere close to putting the plan into action. The first part of the four-stage plan would see assessment teams sent into the province. In the second stage, work would begin to make the province suitable for return. The third stage would see refugees registered. The final step would be the long-term reintegration.

War in the Balkans: Briefing Day 57

t The International Red Cross announced the launch of a website to reunite families split up by the Kosovo crisis. Refugees will be able to search the site for missing members of their family or register their own details so they can be contacted by relatives. The address for the site is http://www.familylinks.

War in the Balkans: Briefing: Day 56

The aid agency Oxfam warned that relief efforts were in danger of failing refugees from Kosovo because they were not properly co-ordinated. There was an urgent need for a more coherent response by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), aid agencies, donor governments and Macedonia and Albania, where most of the refugees have fled. UNHCR should take a more robust leadership role, as donor governments were setting up camps independently.

WAR IN THE BALKANS:Briefing: Day 52

n Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish President, met the United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan yesterday in the Netherlands. Mr Ahtisaari will also hold talks on Kosovo in Helsinki with Russia's special Balkans envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin, and US deputy secretary of state Strobe Talbott on 18 May.

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War in the Balkans: Timetable Day 51

1am: Explosions heard in Belgrade suburbs.

War In The Balkans: The Balkan Question Key issues behind the war explained

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War In The Balkans: Yeltsin blow to Balkan peace hopes

BORIS YELTSIN yesterday dealt a self-inflicted blow to Russia's role as mediator in the Kosovo war by plunging his country into a severe domestic political crisis entirely of his own making.

Parliament - War in the Balkans: Air strikes fail to stop killing, says Hague

WILLIAM HAGUE sought to tone down his party's threat to scrap the bipartisan approach to Nato's military action against Yugoslavia yesterday although he continued to challenge the Prime Minister on the effectiveness of continuing air strikes.

War In The Balkans: More help urgently needed

THERE WERE more heart- rending scenes on Kosovo's borders yesterday as aid workers tried to entice terrified refugees to move from camps in northern Albania to make space for more of the displaced. Meanwhile, Slobodan Milosevic was reported to be stepping up his campaign in the province.

War In The Balkans: The Balkan Question


Letter: Nato, judge and jury

Sir, Your leading article (10 May) invokes the Blair doctrine ("Failure to do good in one part of the world does not excuse inaction in another") to "robustly reject" accusations of double standards. Of course intervention everywhere would mean war everywhere, goes the argument, but this is a "special case".
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