Wednesday, May 12, 1999 Published at 22:07 GMT 23:07 UK
UN struggles to move refugees
Many refugees do not want to move far from the border
By Duncan Kennedy in Kukes
Attempts to persuade large numbers of refugees to move from the potentially dangerous border area between northern Albania and Kosovo have met with little enthusiasm.
Refugee camps in northern Albania are within easy shelling distance of Serbian guns, according to UN officials.
And although Nato jets have again been seen bombing Serb targets just inside Kosovo, refugee agencies believe the danger of artillery shells landing on the camps is real.
It believes it has succeeded in some cases, but accepts that the response has been disappointing.
Camps 'more comfortable'
One refugee said he simply does not believe his tractor could make another long journey after his trek out of Kosovo.
The UNHCR says it will provide mechanics and fuel to help such people to make the move, and some convoys of tractors are due to leave later this week.
But new refugees continue to arrive. Many want to stay near the border to meet families and to stay near home.
The authorities are confronting strong resistance from the refugees in the face of what they say are equally powerful dangers from the armed forces across the border in Kosovo.