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Medical Aid for Kosovo
for Balkan Development
2 CLOCK TOWER PLACE #510
MAYNARD, MA 02118
TEL : 978-461-0909
May 21, 2000
PEACEKEEPING URGENT ACTION
Senator Judd Gregg (R) of New Hampshire, has singlehandedly placed a "hold" on
$368 million for UN peacekeeping forces in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Congo, and East
He placed a hold on $96 million for the Sierra Leone force; $181
million for East Timor, where United Nations troops are trying to maintain order
on a island ravaged by forces that oppose the newly won independence from Indonesia;
$50 million for Kosovo, where the troops policing towns and cities to halt ethnic
conflict; and $41 million for Congo, where soldiers are starting to set up a system
to monitor a cease-fire.
As reported in the New York Times this past Sunday,
' "We might have difficulty paying our personnel, in particular the 3,700 policemen
who are trying to maintain law and order" '. Administration officials also said
the Kosovo mission faced logistical problems like paying for gasoline and electricity."
Friends of Bosnia ask all activists, especially those in New Hampshire, to immediately
contact Senator Gregg's office and convey your concern about the hold on this
money. As always, when you call, write, email, or fax, be polite, be direct, and
request a response from the Senator himself.
Identify yourself and give your address, so the office knows if you are from New
Hampshire. If you learned of this issue through your religious organization or
other association, you might want to mention it.
2. State politely that
you are aware that Senator Gregg has placed a "hold" on $368 million in funds
for UN peacekeeping troops. That Congress has already appropriated money--the
Senator is simply prohibiting the President from spending it.
your dismay over the hold and express how important U.S. funding is for peacekeeping
in Kosovo and other areas. U.S. funding is essential both to support our troops
and also to demonstrate to Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic in Belgrade that
we are committed to peace. Milosevic will surely go back to war if he suspected
that the NATO powers are not serious in their commitment to peacekeeping in Kosovo.
4. Politely ask that Senator Gregg remove his hold from the peacekeeping money
so that the US can fulfill its obligations to the United Nations. (Please note:
the $368 million for peacekeeping is simply the assessed contribution for the
U.S.--it represents 25% of the overall cost).
To Contact Senator Judd
393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Send copies of your letters to:
Chief of Staff
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary
S146A US Capitol
Washington, DC 20510