Updated: 21-Nov-2001 Week of 7-13 July 1999

7 July 1999

(Belga photo)

Almost 660,000 refugees have returned to Kosovo, including some from third party asylum countries, a month after the deployment of NATO forces into the region. Refugee camps are gradually closing down as they empty. Approximately 395,000 refugees have returned from Albania alone since 15 June.

Many of the refugees who have returned so far have been able to establish at least one room in their home, with the help of the UNHCR, in which they can live through the coming Winter until further reconstruction can take place.

The majority of Alliance troops participating in the NATO-led peacekeeping force, KFOR, have now deployed, as have elements of the Russian contingent. Troops from other participating countries will arrive over the coming months.

7 July 1999
Visit to Bulgaria and Romania

NATO Secretary General, Dr Javier Solana, travelled to Romania and Bulgaria on 7-8 July to meet with Heads of State and Government and with Ministers from both countries. During his visit to Bulgaria, he made a speech to members of Parliament in which he congratulated Bulgaria on its contribution to resolving the Kosovo crisis and its commitment to integration in the Euro-Atlantic institutions.

Additional information:

  • NATO Speeches: Speech by the Secretary General in the Bulgarian Parliament Building, Sofia, Bulgaria
12 July 1999
Former Bosnian Serb Deputy Prime Minister, Radislav Brdjanin appears before the UN war crimes tribunal.
13 July 1999
Kouchner at NATO HQ

The recently nominated Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Kosovo, Mr. Bernard Kouchner, came to NATO HQ on 13 July to meet with NATO Secretary General, Dr Javier Solana.

Mr. Kouchner's principal task will be to co-ordinate reconstruction and peace efforts in the Serb province. Former Health Minister in the French Government, he replaced the interim UN Special Representative for Kosovo, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who has resumed his post as UN humanitarian co-ordinator.

Additional information:

  • High resolution photos of the visit to NATO by Mr. Bernard Kouchner, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Kosovo
13 July 1999
Slovak President at NATO

President of Slovakia, Mr. Rudolph Schuster, also visited NATO HQ on 13 July. He met with NATO Secretary General, Dr Javier Solana, to discuss Kosovo and other matters of interest to both parties.

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