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Passage of Resolution 1244 by the UN Security Council on June 10 marks the end of the phase of the conflict in Kosovo that began with the NATO bombing campaign on March 24. The focus now shifts to reconstruction and the return of refugees under UN auspices, safeguarded by international peacekeeping forces now deploying in Kosovo. New challenges include investigating war crimes, creating an interim UN civil administration and concluding a just political settlement for Kosovo and for the wider region.
The USCC has been deeply engaged in the Kosovo crisis by addressing the relevant moral and policy issues, including the refugee crisis, and by working closely with Catholic Relief Services, the single largest private relief organization assisting Kosovar refugees in Albania and Macedonia.
USCC policy has addressed the following issues:
In addition to the aid already being provided to refugees and (to a far lesser extent) to hard-pressed neighboring states, the USCC supports a substantial reconstruction and development program for the region.
For further information, see our website (www.usccb.org/sdwp/international/kosovo.shtml) or contact USCC European Affairs Advisor John F. Cullinan, S.J. at 202-541-3445 (ph) / 202-541-3445.
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