Emergency Aid for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

September 18, 2001

  1. On September 18 (Tue), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant aid totaling one million dollars (107 million yen) to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with a view to alleviating the plight of Macedonian refugees and internally displaced persons in Macedonia.

  2. In Macedonia, fighting between the government forces and Albanian armed groups since the end of February this year has given rise to a number of refugees and internally displaced persons. As of August, there were about 128,000 of them - 60,000 refugees who had fled into Yugoslavia and about 68,000 internally displaced persons in Macedonia. In light of such a situation, the UNHCR and the ICRC have issued appeals, requesting assistance totaling approximately 24 million dollars from the international community.

  3. Under a political agreement between the Macedonian and Albanian people, NATO is now collecting weapons in Macedonia and the Macedonian Parliament is deliberating upon the revision of the constitution. Taking account of such a situation, Japan decided to extend this emergency assistance in response to the appeals as a major member of the international community.

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