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Thursday, 16 December, 1999, 18:35 GMT
UN plea for Kosovo funds

protest Kosovo Albanians are still looking for missing relatives

The United Nations administrator in Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, has angrily warned a Nato meeting in Brussels that, without more money, life in the war-ravaged province will not return to normal.

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"We need money. Without money, no success...without money, no confidence...without money, no restarting of daily life," he told a news conference after the meeting of Nato ministers and Partnership for Peace (PfP) representatives.

This is ridiculous and a scandal
Bernard Kouchner
Mr Kouchner said money was especially needed to pay civil servants and teachers, many of whom were surviving on US$100 a month.

His repeated requests for more funding were making him feel like a "beggar" he said.

He conceded that EU countries had been generous with donations for projects they could be identified with, but not in paying for basic salaries.

Thousands kidnapped

Mr Kouchner also appealed for extra police to investigate the disappearance of an estimated 4,000 to 7,000 missing Kosovo Albanians, some of whom he said had been "kidnapped" from their beds by the Serb secret police.

His "hundreds of letters" to Belgrade on their fate remained unanswered..."Where are they?" he demanded.

"I asked the international community for 6,000 police officers. I received just 1,800. This is ridiculous and a scandal."

Robertson and Kouchner Lord Robertson (left) supports Mr Kouchner's plea
"If all the nations of the world fighting for freedom cannot send me 6,000 police officers, what sort of peacekeeping operation can we expect to have?" he asked.

He added that he did not want to receive any "comment or criticism on law and order" in Kosovo without these officers.

'Huge impact'

Nato Secretary-General Lord George Robertson said Mr Kouchner's appeal had made a "huge impact all the way from San Francisco right over to the Chinese border".

The international community must do more
George Robertson
He said the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), which comprises Nato's 19 member states and 26 PfP states, might be given a 'Kosovo co-ordination role' which would enable it to provide some of the resources needed.

The United Nations, unlike Nato, has no rapid reaction or police force, and no ready funds in its budget for missions such as Kosovo.

"We used all the energies of Nato to stop the killing", Lord Robertson said. "We must now make the peace successful and that requires extra effort".

"The international community must do more" he said.

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