Albright criticizes international community over current Kosovo woes

WASHINGTON, Jan 27, 2000 -- (AFP) U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Wednesday took aim at the international community for failing to live up to its financial commitments in Kosovo.

"Unfortunately, a serious crisis of funding has arisen in Kosovo," Albright said in remarks prepared for delivery at the European Institute here.

"The reason is that, too often, the international community has promised money, but not delivered," she said. "Here, as with the region as a whole, it is vital that our partners join us not only in pledging generously, but also in disbursing promptly."

The lack of funds has hindered the United Nations operation in Kosovo which is working to restore the electrical network, ensure law and order, organize elections and boost the province's economic recovery.

On Monday, Albright told U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan that Washington would contribute an additional ten million dollars to mission and provide an additional 100 police officers for the Kosovo operation.

The additional aid -- which will bring the total U.S. contribution to the U.N. Kosovo operation to 41.2 million dollars since last July and the number of American police officers there to 550 -- was designed to impress on other donor countries the need to support the mission, a senior State Department official said at the time.

Albright also told Annan she was concerned that some European countries were not doing there share financially in Kosovo, the official said.

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