Belgrade and UNHCR begin registering Kosovo displaced

BELGRADE, Mar 2, 2000 -- (AFP) The U.N. refugee agency, the UNHCR, and the Serb Refugee Commission on Wednesday began registering people who fled Kosovo, Tanjug news agency reported.

"We sent 150 teams to the field today and the response of displaced people has been very good for now," Milovan Nenadovic, assistant to the Serb refugee commissioner, told Tanjug.

Displaced people have been informed of registration by the local media and by distributed propaganda material, Tanjug said.

The registration process will last for six weeks.

The Belgrade authorities estimate that some 300,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians have fled Kosovo since the deployment of the NATO-led international force KFOR in the province in June 1999, while UNHCR puts the number at 240,000 people.

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