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UN takes steps to address Kosovo's electricity emergency
| 21 April 2003
| UN NEWS CENTRE
Posted on 04/21/2003 8:31:58 PM PDT by Destro
21 April 2003
21 April The top United Nations official in Kosovo has announced a series of emergency measures to deal with the province's electricity problems, including 17.3 million (euros) to repair power plants.
"Kosovo's power plants are like an old Zastava that are 20 to 40 years old with no investment. Last year it was also struck by lightening and suffered land slides in the Mirash coal mine," Michael Steiner, the chief of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said last Friday.
Mr. Steiner said the state of the plants, combined with the fact that a lot of people have not paid their bills, including Kosovo institutions that owe 13 million, "has created a difficult situation."
He said he authorized the appropriation under the Security Council resolution giving him responsibility, "to ensure conditions for normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo." The money will be taken from last year's surplus of the Kosovo Consolidated Budget, he added.
"My aim is to have a load-shedding schedule of four hours on and two hours off or even five hours on, one hour off from today," Mr. Steiner stated, adding that the focus should not merely be on the present situation. "We must also think of next autumn and winter."
The UNMIK chief reiterated that without immediate repairs to the plant and coal mine, Kosovo will produce virtually no electricity next winter and the necessary repairs must start immediately to ensure availability by time the cold season sets in. He briefed the authorities on all the required steps, which he said UNMIK was ready to cooperate on.
"I've now done my part but people must contribute by saving energy and by paying their bills," Mr. Steiner said. "People are fed up and we are fed up."
TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: balkans; campaignfinance; kosovo; un; unmik
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posted on 04/21/2003 8:31:58 PM PDT
posted on 04/21/2003 8:32:33 PM PDT
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They just noticed?
posted on 04/21/2003 8:34:21 PM PDT
Ain't it great when the UN runs things?
Everything should be working perfectly now........ the Albanians are running things, it's not a nice thing to say, but........ serves them right. :-}}}}
God help the Iraqis if Chirac, Putin, etc. get their way and the U.N. takes over there. Those Iraqis have suffered enough.
posted on 04/21/2003 8:44:19 PM PDT
Indeed ... werent there calls for the US to call the 'experts' at the UN because we couldnt get the power back on after 2 weeks in baghdad!?!?!
what a sad joke this is.
posted on 04/21/2003 8:44:40 PM PDT
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posted on 04/21/2003 8:56:30 PM PDT
posted on 04/21/2003 8:57:27 PM PDT
Let's see, when was it the UN took over? Right after the bombing ended I believe, and they are just now addressing the problem with the electricity? I seem to remember the problem was there right from the beginning.
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Oh, so now the UN's gonna make a mint gouging the Kosovars. And people think utility companies are evil....
posted on 04/22/2003 7:05:58 AM PDT
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Oh, the UN's far from blind. They know exactly what they're doing. And they make Ken Lay look like a piker.
posted on 04/22/2003 7:16:01 AM PDT
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