Ambassador Einik (USA) visits displaced persons
Skopje, September 28th 2001

Ambassador of USA to Republic of Macedonia, Mike Einik, paid a visit to the displaced persons settled in CC "Olimipisko Selo" in Skopje today, where at the present moment 360 persons from Tetovo region, mainly Tearce municipality, are being sheltered.

The main goal of the visit was marking the beginning of the project for determining displaced persons' priority needs of support for their returning to their homes. The project is being carried out with financial support from the American Embassy in Skopje, in cooperation with American Refugee Center (ARC) and Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC), First Children's Embassy Megjashi, Roma Women organizationDaja from Kumanovo, Union of women organizations in Macedonia and Organization of women organizationsin Macedonia.

The ambassador had an opportunity to visit two families (Stojkoski) settled in the building and in one of the bungalows in Olimpisko Selo, as well as have a half-hour meeting with representatives of the displaced persons of this collective center: Vlado Naumovski, Petko Gjorgjevski and Violeta Srbovska. They, in the presence of the manager of the collective center and the mayor of Gazi Baba municipality (who helped organize the accommodation in the CC), expressed their condolences to the American people, referring to the events that took place on September 11th, and stressed some of the issues about their returning home: safety in the villages and roads leading to them, restoring their homes, as well as the economic structures in which most of the residents were employed.

The ambassador Einik expressed readiness for help in resolving this problems, including the rebuilding of the religious objects and any other needs that come out of the talks with the displaced persons, by means of carrying out the project whose start he announced today.

Prior to this, MCIC helped this collective center with humanitarian aid in food for the first few days of its functioning, as well as partial sanation of the bungalows, in which many of the displaced persons are sheltered.

Ambassador Einik discusses about the project
Representatives of IDPs, NGOs and media with Mr. Einik
Ambassador Einik in CC "Olimpisko Selo"
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