Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
Mr. Denny Hastert,
More Kosovo refugees poured into Macedonia, and the United Nations refugee agency said
that Yugoslav authorities has resumed expulsions some 3,000 ethnic Albanians were
disgorged at the frontier form the train on which they'd traveled. They walked over along
the rail tracks, avoiding nearby minefields, through an area where some 45,000 earlier
refugees were stuck for days in filth and squalor waiting to enter Macedonia.
The U.N. Population Fund on Thursday (April 15, 1999) criticized the Vatican as
insensitive to the suffering of Kosovo women because of its opposition to a
"morning-after pill" for rape victim in refuge camps, "I am surprised and
disappointed at the Vatican's statement condemning the provision of emergency
contraception to Kosovo refugees" said Dr. Nafis Sadik, the UNFPA executive director.
"It shows an insensitivity to the suffering of the women of Kosovo."
Sadik, a Pakistani physician, said in a statement.
A senior Vatican official on Thursday said the use of the "morning-after
pill" was tantamount to abortion. Monsignor Elio Sgreccia, Vice President of the
Pontifical Academy for life, reflecting the Vatican's position, called the pill a
technique that should not be confused with a contraceptive.
In our views, do something for rape victims in refugee camps than chatting
on pills of Vatican's statement. We support UNFPA.
Despite a growing reliance on precise "smart" weapons in modern battle, this
week's stark television pictures from Serbia have reminded the world that war is terrible
and confusing work. Every night for more than a week, television has brought home
graphically the suffering of men, women and children streaming out of Kosovo and seeking
refuge in Mocedonia, Albania and Montenegro. The U.N. Hight Commissioner for refugees
counts more than 400,000 of them since the airstikes began March 24. What is not shown are
the hundreds of thousands of Kosovo who remain forcibly displaced within Kosovo, and whose
fate, according to all accounts, may be far worse.
NATO reports tens of thousands stranded in woods and on mountain slopes exposed to
cold, hunger and illness. Tens of thousands more are said to be trapped south of Pristina
in Pagarusa valley, where they are under fire from Yugoslav forces.
Washington, April 15 ---
The Pentagon is preparing to ask that 33,000 reserve forces be activated to serve the
Balkans and President Bill Clinton is likely to approve the request, government officials
said Friday (April 16, 1999). The United States and its allies have said from the start
that Kosovo should have a measure of self-governance but remain a province within Serbia,
Clinton said Thursday in a speech in San Francisco that despite its ambitions. Kosovo
"lacks the resources and infrastructure to be viable on its own."
"In the long run, our goal for Kosovo should not be independence, but
interdependence." Clinton said. However, Washington needs
to play a more active role in protecting refugees from fear and bring them home again.