April 2, 1999: Humanitarian Aid to Kosovo


Ultimately, we want to make it possible for the victims to return home, to live in security and enjoy self-government.

President Bill Clinton
April 2, 1999

Today, President Clinton met with representatives of non-governmental humanitarian organizations to discuss our relief efforts for Kosovar Albanians. Since the eruption of hostilities in Kosovo in early 1998, the United States has been at the forefront of international efforts to address the humanitarian needs of persons displaced within Kosovo and refugees fleeing Kosovo.

Providing Humanitarian Relief to Kosovar Albanians. To date, the United States' contribution to humanitarian aid for the Kosovar Albanians totals an estimated $150 million. This sum includes a provision of $50 million announced by the Clinton Administration this week.

Working to End the Crisis in Kosovo. Today, in a statement made at the White House, the President said that the United States will continue to work with our NATO allies to end the crisis in Kosovo so that thousands of refugees are able to return home, live in security and enjoy self-government. President Clinton also reaffirmed that the United States will hold President Milosevic and the Serbian government responsible for the safety and well-being of the three Army infantrymen who were seized while carrying out a peaceful mission in Macedonia.

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