National Humanitarian Coordination no. 7


7th coordination meeting
30 August 2001


1. General overview
2. Problems

Mr. Boge Cadinovski briefed all the present representatives on last week's activities. Teams composed of national and local representatives and UNHCR had continued with the damage assessment. Convoys for Tearce, Lesok and Neprosteno were organized on a daily basis.

The chairman also stressed that the number of IDPs in the collective centers was increasing. Reason for this was the insufficient assistance given to the host families, disappointment with the distributed food and general feeling that IDPs in the collective centers were better taken care of.


Gjorgji Ilievski, Ministry of education - announced that the school year will start on the 10th of September and efforts were made especially in Tetovo to allow all ethnic Macedonian children to begin the school year in their old schools. Because of the loss of confidence and fear that something may happen to their children, a group of ethnic Macedonians from Tetovo asked Ministry of Education to relocate their children in the kindergarten Mladost that is near by the Sports Center. The Ministry's reply was positive.
In general the Ministry's opinion was that in the areas where there is only one ethnicity, should have no problems conducting the classes.

The promised distribution of textbooks should be carried out soon, though the Ministry's opinion was that not only the children in the conflict areas but all the children should receive free text books too.

Toni Kiranziski, Uprava za veterinarstvo said that the death of farm animals were found in Ljuboten. They were surprised because of the fact that nobody informed them officially nor invited them to make a damage assessment. Nevertheless their teams are active in the conflict areas trying to make a health assessment of the remaining animals. They are also preparing detailed information that will be distributed later on.

Francois Stamm, ICRC - ICRC's representatives are present on a daily basis in the conflict areas. As a direct result of the ICRC assistance, 15 people (4 from Lipkovo, 4 from Radusa and 7 from Tetovo area) were released by the NLA. ICRC is also making efforts to obtain permission from the Macedonian Government to visit the detained Albanians.
They also informed that people in Ljuboten were facing water supply problems and asked for an urgent solution.

John Ctelissen, Medical Coordinator ICRC - mentioned about the lack of medical supplies in the conflict areas.

Dale Scoric, WFP - informed that the Macedonian World Congress blocked the Tabanovce border crossing. His opinion was that the Macedonian Government should react immediately because lots of the international organizations are using this border crossing for the import of the goods necessary for their humanitarian activities.

Aldo Biondi, ECHO - ECHO continues with the financial support of its partners that are conducting different humanitarian activities.

Marcel Grogan, UN OCHA- informed the meeting that UN Country team had invited a UN Mine Action Service expert to come in a 4 months mission.
He also emphasized the necessity of an urgent Government reaction in order to re-open the Tabanovce border crossing.

Augustino Mulas, UNHCR - stressed that UNHCR are more present in the field now. Regarding returnees, it is thought best not to encourage a premature return to areas where it's not safe yet. Nevertheless UNHCR is giving support to the people who spontaneously returned.

Elke Wisch UNICEF - UNICEF is continuing with the Vulnerability Assessment of IDPs and host families, in which 6,000 inquiries will be included and the results are expected at the end of September.

They are expecting the results from the damage assessment of the schools in the conflict areas and in the meantime trying to find temporary solutions.

Saso Talevski, Macedonian Red Cross - To date, the Macedonian Red Cross released the figure to the effect that 72,436 people have been displaced; 68,678 are with Host Families and 3,785 are in Collective Centers. MRC together with ICRC will start the distribution of hygiene parcels for IDPs in host families.

Bejxulin Seapi, El Hilal- NGO Humanitarian coordination - informed about large number of returnees in the villages of Sar Planina area. Only in Brodec there are 3,000 returnees. According to El Hilal the Albanian children don't feel safe in their old schools and asked free text books to be distributed to the Albanian children too.


Follow up activities for issues from the previous meeting

All organizations were asked once again to consider assisting in the organization of transport for IDPs locally in Skopje and Kumanovo, as well as on the route Skopje-Tetovo and Jazince.

ICRC together with UNICEF will prepare a community-based mine-awareness program.

WFP together with other organizations will conduct a food needs assessment next week.

MCMS- NGO Humanitarian Coordination - informed that emergency management training will be held in Skopje 5-9 September and representatives from the local NGOs will attend.

New issues

  • The Chairman reminded everybody that the autumn is closing up and asked winter clothing to be provided for IDPs

  • The representative from the Ministry of Education asked all organizations to consider assisting high school and university students from out of Skopje with their accommodation since the dormitories are occupied by IDPs

  • Toni Kiranziski stressed that lots of animals had been found dead in the conflict areas. Taking into consideration the fact that most of the people in these areas are farmers, he asked for financial support for new farm animals and food.

Previous Coordination Reports

  • 5th Coordinative meeting [16 Aug 2001]
  • 4th Coordinative meeting [8 Aug 2001]
  • 3rd Coordinative meeting [26 Jul 2001]
  • 2nd Coordinative meeting [19 Jul 2001]
  • 1st Coordinative meeting [11 Jul 2001]
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