Friday, April 23, 1999 Published at 21:34 GMT 22:34 UK
Aid reaches stranded refugees
Waiting in no-mans land to cross into Macedonia
Relief aid has finally reached several thousand Kosovo refugees who were left stranded in a snowbound village after Macedonian police turned back truckloads of supplies.
Others have been sheltering in barns and stables, huddled together alongside farm animals.
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Macedonia border guards this week repeatedly refused to
allow convoys through to the freezing refugees. They said the route crossed some 50 metres of Yugoslav territory and they could not guarantee safety.
Macedonia border guards this week repeatedly refused to allow convoys through to the freezing refugees. They said the route crossed some 50 metres of Yugoslav territory and they could not guarantee safety.
The World Food Programme (WFP) says up to 15,000 more refugees may be heading for Malina and other remote border crossings.
The United Nations has asked donor countries for additional funds to provide shelter and food for the growing number of refugees from Kosovo.
The head of the UNHCR, Sadako Ogata, said she was concerned that with air strikes continuing, the outflow of refugees was accelerating, and that Nato action was affecting civilians in Serbia.
The UNHCR has criticised the Albanian authorities for forcibly removing Kosovo refugees from camps near the border against their will.
UNHCR spokesman Ray Wilkinson said all movement should be voluntary and refugees should be encouraged rather than forced to go.
Albania is currently giving shelter to almost 400,000 refugees and the government says it's willing to take in every refugee that arrives in the country.
In northern Montenegro, there are growing concerns over the safety of refugees.
Yugoslav federal troops are setting up their own checkpoints alongside Montenegrin posts, according to the UN.
The UNHCR fears this may prevent displaced people from moving into Montenegro.
The presence of troops is said to be causing widespread panic, and 2,000 displaced Kosovars have now left the Kosovo-Montenegro border for Albania.
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