Friday, April 16, 1999 Published at 17:48 GMT 18:48 UK
Chaos fear as army quits refugee camp
Under cover: More than 30,000 refugees are staying at the camp
The British Army is handing over responsibility for running the largest refugee camp in Macedonia to aid agencies.
But the latest refugee influx has cast doubt on whether the aid agencies will be able to cope when the army moves out.
A British Army spokesman said the army was leaving the camp because aid agencies "have got their act together", and are now "much better placed to look after the refugees than the army".
"Now the army can go back to being ready to enter Kosovo once a peace agreement is reached, to help enforce it in full," he added.
Major Ian Seraph said: "We will be sad to leave, but leave we must.
"We will keep a weather eye on the condition of the refugees and if we need to help, we can come back."
The camp requires 70 tonnes of food every day which is unloaded by soldiers.
But Mark Mathias of Supreme Food Service, which has been supplying the basics, said aid agencies lacked the army's field kitchens which have been vital for feeding the refugees.
As the camp grows ever bigger, even humanitarian organisations have qualms.
Paula Ghadini of the UNHCR said: "If there is a huge influx we will definitely need the added logistical support of Nato."
BBC Correspondent Jonathan Charles said: "This camp could collapse into chaos without the support of the British Army."
Both countries now have around 435,000 refugees.
People arriving on Thursday told humanitarian workers at the border that thousands more refugees were backed up behind them on the other side of the border, hoping to cross over to safety.
Macedonia is seen as one of Kosovo's most vulnerable neighbours, and President Gligorov accused Belgrade of deliberately seeking to destabilise Macedonia by provoking an influx of refugees.