SKOPJE, December 24th, 2001
The Ministry of Finance, through the Red Cross, started with distribution of food and hygiene products for IDPs accommodated in Tetovo. This assistance will cover approximately 5,400 households. The Development Bank of the Council of Europe donated the funds needed for realization of this project.
On December 18, humanitarian organization "Mother
Theresa" distributed 20 tons of assistance in clothes, footwear and
blankets for the citizens of Lipkovo municipality.
On December 19, Macedonian Minister of Transport and
Communications Ljupco Balkoski, Italian Ambassador to Macedonia and Director
of the UNDP Raquel Tagragiu, and mayor of Kumanovo Slobodan Kovacevski
confirmed the agreement for donation from the Italian government for realization
of the UNDP project for water supply of Kumanovo. The donation in amount
of DM 1,65 million will be meant for installation of pipeline to the filter-station,
in length of 5,5 kilometers.
An Italian corporation opened a tender for reconstruction
of the school buildings in Matejce (the old part of the building), Slupcane
(the old school building) and in Aracinovo (the new school building).
Humanitarian mine disposal
Protection and human rights
On December 18, the European Center for Minority Issues
from Germany promoted the network of non-governmental organizations that
aim to improve interethnic relations in Macedonia. Starting from January
2002, total of six regional centers will become operational - in Skopje,
Tetovo, Gostivar, Bitola, Kumanovo and Stip. Each regional center will
include per 15 organizations.
On December 22-23, the Center for Interethnic Tolerance and Refugees organized a seminar in Skopje, focusing on restoration of trust among the citizens from Aracinovo municipality.
No new activities at this period.
On December 19, the MCIC distributed 4,000 kilograms of animal feed, 50 kilograms of flour, 200 bottles of sunflower oil (0,75l), 100 kilograms of sugar, 100 kilograms of salt and 100 packages of hygiene products to the village of Cerovo. The MCIC teams could not enter in the village of Merovo due to the snowstorm. On December 21, the MCIC distributed 154 sacks of animal feed to the villagers of Tearce, and on December 22, total of 7,200 kilograms (180 sacks) of animal feed were distributed to the villagers of Dobroste.
On December 19 in Washington, Macedonian Ambassador
to the U.S. Nikola Dimitrov and World Bank Regional Coordinator for Southeast
Europe and Executive Manager for Macedonia Christian Portman signed an
agreement for a credit for urgent economic reconstruction of Macedonia,
worth US$ 15 million.
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