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Saturday, August 28, 1999 Published at 09:21 GMT 10:21 UK

World: Europe

95% of Kosovo refugees return - UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, says that nearly ninety-five percent of the hundreds-of-thousands who fled Kosovo during the recent conflict have now returned.

In a BBC interview, Mrs Ogata said tens-of-thousands of homes in Kosovo were too badly damaged to repair, and efforts were under way to use spare rooms and public buildings, as well as all-weather tents, to house everyone during the coming winter.

Mrs Ogata also confirmed that about one-hundred-and-eighty-thousand Serbs have left Kosovo since the conflict ended, and she said it was not yet practical for them to return.

But she denied that Kosovo would end up partitioned between Serbs and ethnic-Albanians.

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