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Yugoslavia: UN Starts Organized Return Of Refugees To Kosovo

Stenkovec, 28 June 1999 (RFE/RL) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) today began the organized return to Kosovo of the remaining ethnic Albanian refugees from Albania and Macedonia. At the Stenkovec camp in Macedonia the UNHCR provided many buses to take refugees to their homes in and around Pristina, Kosovo's provincial capital. But Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UNHCR, said that about 400,000 refugees had already returned on their own. NATO officials say the Kosovo Liberation Army must today start formally implementing a disarmament plan aimed at bringing stability to the war-devastated province. A KFOR spokesman, Simon Worthy, said NATO-led forces may confiscate weapons from the rebels any time they believe there is a threat to security. Demilitarization is to be completed within 90 days.