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Voice of America, 01-08-17

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SLUG: 2-279427 Macedonia (L-only), DATE: NOTE NUMBER:

CONTENTS

  • [01] MACEDONIA (L-O) BY DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN (LUXEMBOURG)
  • [02] TURKEY / QUAKE (L-O) BY AMBERIN ZAMAN (ANKARA)

  • [01] MACEDONIA (L-O) BY DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN (LUXEMBOURG)

    DATE=08/17/01
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-279427
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: NATO's ruling council has put off action until at least next week on full deployment of a force to collect arms from ethnic Albanian gunmen in Macedonia. Douglas Bakshian reports from Luxembourg.

    TEXT: Meeting in special session, the NATO envoys reviewed the situation and decided it is too soon to make a final decision on deployment. NATO wants a stable cease-fire to be in place before committing the full 35-hundred member force. Sporadic clashes between ethnic Albanian rebels and Macedonia government forces have been reported. An advance unit of about 400 soldiers is already arriving in the Macedonia. It will survey the situation and prepare a headquarters and communications facilities that would ultimately be used by the main force. In addition, NATO commander General Joseph Ralston travels to Macedonia Monday to make his own review of the situation. NATO spokesman Yves Brodeur says the alliance is sending a clear message.

    /// BRODEUR ACT ///

    We care, we're concerned and we're committed. And we're doing everything we can to be there as quickly as possible to do the job.

    /// END ACT ///

    Ethnic Albanian rebels have waged a six-month insurgency in Macedonia. However, ethnic Albanian parties and the Macedonian government signed a political agreement early this week. The rebels were not involved in the talks but reached a separate agreement with NATO to surrender arms. Diplomats say NATO wants to build on the political momentum but faces a tricky situation. Quick action may expose alliance forces to serious risks, while delays may allow the situation on the ground to worsen. Once the full NATO force is approved it will be on a limited 30-day mission to collect weapons from the insurgents. Some Macedonians fear the guerrillas will bury most of their arms and recover them when NATO leaves. The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of ethnic Albanians, who make up about a third of Macedonia's population. The government accuses them of wanting to join ethnic Albanian parts of Macedonia with neighboring Kosovo. (SIGNED)
    NEB/DB/GE/RH SLUG: 2-279420 Turkey / Quake (L only) DATE: NOTE NUMBER:

    [02] TURKEY / QUAKE (L-O) BY AMBERIN ZAMAN (ANKARA)

    DATE=08/17/01
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-279420
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: Thousands in Turkey held vigils and gathered around the graves of their loved ones today (Friday). Amberin Zaman reports from Ankara that they marked the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake, which ripped through northwest Turkey killing over 20-thousand people.

    TEXT: It has been two years since the tremor - measuring 7-point-4 on the Richter scale - tore through seven western Turkish provinces. But thousands of victims still remain in temporary shelter despite government pledges to provide permanent homes. At least 12-thousand homes have been erected for homeless survivors. Yet two thirds of the new owners, citing numerous deficiencies, have opted to remain in prefabricated shelters. Anger was palpable among many victims Friday as they gathered in Adapazari province, which was all but destroyed during the earthquake. Many shouted anti-government slogans. Others simply wept around the graves of their loved ones. Scores of victims are still missing and their relatives remain hopeful that they are still alive. What is more likely, acknowledge Turkish officials, is that the missing are among hundreds of victims buried without being identified in mass graves. The head of an Istanbul-based seismological institute says the majority of Turks remains unprepared for another major earthquake, which some experts warn may strike northwest Turkey yet again. The use of shoddy construction materials by disreputable contractors has largely been blamed for the high death toll in the August 17th earthquake. Turkey's parliament has since passed new legislation stiffening penalties for contractors who build unsafe homes. (SIGNED)
    NEB/AZ/GE/RH


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