Japan to Give One Million Dollars in Aid for Kosovo Elections

Published October 24th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Japan will give one million dollars in emergency aid to help Kosovo hold a democratic election on Saturday, the government said Tuesday. 

Tokyo will provide 104.1 million dollars to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) towards the cost of holding municipal elections, stressing its support for promoting democracy in Kosovo, a statement said. 

The OSCE is organizing the elections in Kosovo, which is now under United Nations administration. 

Foreign Minister Yohei Kono announced a separate aid package of 10 million dollars in emergency assistance to Yugoslavia last Thursday. 

Since June 1998, the Japanese government had frozen financial support and banned Japanese investment in Yugoslavia in a bid to put pressure on Belgrade over its policy towards Kosovo. 

Serbian President Vojislav Kostunica was swept into power earlier this month in a popular revolt against Slobodan Milosevic, who had initially refused to concede defeat in September 24 presidential elections – TOKYO (AFP)  




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