Albanian Daily News
Japan pledges quick disbursement of aid

Feb 03, 2000

TOKYO - Japan on Wednesday pledged to disburse 7.3 million dollars in aid to Kosovo to help pay public servants in the war-torn province, a foreign ministry official said.

Japan "will contribute 7.3 million dollars quickly," Foreign Minister Yohei Kono was quoted by the official as telling visiting UN administrator for Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, during a 25-minute meeting.

The aid is to help operate public facilities and pay civil servants, said the official who declined to be named.

Kono also said Japan would extend three million dollars for the purchase of equipment to burn household and medical wastes in Kosovo.

These assistance projects are to be financed under a 100-million-dollar package Japan pledged earlier.

Kouchner arrived in Japan Tuesday for a five-day visit to discuss efforts to restore peace in Kosovo.