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Tragic death of President Trajkovski

Briefing Notes, 27 February 2004

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond to whom quoted text may be attributed at the press briefing, on 27 February 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The High Commissioner and UNHCR staff were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death yesterday of President Boris Trajkovski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

UNHCR has worked very closely with President Trajkovski over the past years and the High Commissioner recently met with him here in Geneva. He was a true friend of UNHCR and our work on behalf of refugees and the displaced, and will be deeply missed. The High Commissioner extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of President Trajkovski and the members of his delegation, and to the people of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.



The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Refugees Onward JourneyPlay video

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Refugees Onward Journey

A transit centre at Vinojug, on FYR Macedonia's border with Greece is where the refugees and migrants pass through on their journey further into Europe. Here UNHCR and partner organisations provide food, water, medical care, psycho-social support and information for refugees who take the train towards the border with Serbia. UNHCR also provides information on how to access the asylum system in the country. In recent weeks, an average of 6,300 refugees pass through the camp every day, yesterday that number grew to 10,000, a record.
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FYR Macedonia: Volunteers At Hand

Almost 300,000 refugees and migrants have passed through the Gevgelija transit center in the former Yusgoslav Republic of Macedonia, on their way to the EU since it was setup less than two months ago.
Serbia: Overstretched BordersPlay video

Serbia: Overstretched Borders

As Hungary builds a fence on its border with Serbia, the situation at the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece is increasingly precarious. Refugees in Serbia on their way to Hungry fear the tighter measures and say they wouldn't have fled home had they not been forced to do it by the war.