Updated: 13-Mar-2002 Week of 14-20 April 1999

14 Apr. 1999

Visit to NATO by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata.

Additional information:

  • NATO Speeches: Press Conference by the Head of the UNHCR, Mrs Ogata and Secretary General Javier Solana

  • Audio file of the Press Conferences by Louise Arbour, Chief Prosecutor, International War Crimes Tribunal (.MP3/11.8 MB)
  • High resolution photos of the Press Conferences by Louise Arbour, Chief Prosecutor, International War Crimes Tribunal, and Sadako Ogata, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
14 Apr. 1999

As ethnic cleansing, killing and forced deportations of Kosovar Albanians by Serb forces continues, NATO is intensifying its air campaign against targets in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). Allied operations will be pursued until President Milosevic meets the terms of the international community.
Thousands of refugees continue to flow into neighbouring countries leaving behind their houses which have been destroyed by the Serbs. NATO is deeply concerned over the fate of the many thousands of displaced people inside the province who may be facing exhaustion from lack of food and water and are being used as an instrument of war.

Every possible effort is therefore being made by the Alliance and relief organisations to provide aid to the refugees who have escaped into Albania and in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)(1). Emergency camps erected by NATO forces in FYROM(1) have been handed over to Non-Governmental Organisations. In addition, Allied troops, under Operation Allied Harbour, are deploying into Albania. Their main task is to provide support for the humanitarian crisis and in particular to relieve overcrowded refugee camps.

The Alliance continues to work closely with all the neighbouring countries and has agreed to support a comprehensive approach to stabilise the region looking beyond Kosovo. These ideas will be explored further during the Washington Summit.

1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name