The killing of 14 Serb farmers at Gracko on 23 July has been condemned
by all parties in Kosovo. KFOR and the International Criminal Tribunal
for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) have launched an investigation
into the killings.
However, despite individual unacceptable incidents, the overall
security situation has greatly improved since KFOR's arrival in
the Province, and over 727,000 refugees have now returned. Furthermore,
more and more meetings are taking place with participation of all
ethnic groups, showing improvement on this level of co-operation.
With only some 15,000 refugees left in Albania, there is a decreasing
requirement for refugee transport assistance. AFOR transport is
now concentrating on moving food aid and International Organisation/Non
Governmental Organisation equipment into Kosovo. Convoys, in co-operation
with the World Food Program (WFP) and the UN High Commission for
Refugees (UNHCR), have transported 500 tons of humanitarian aid
supplies and equipment over the last few days.
KFOR engineers continue to help with the re-establishment of vital
infrastructure and utilities. The majority of the Kosovo public
water supply system has been restored, with 23 municipalities completed
and a further two power stations have been brought on line in the
last week. UNICEF have said that schools in Kosovo will be open
by 15 August. KFOR will be providing assistance in running projects
to help prepare the schools for opening.