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DATE=11/30/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N-H-C-R / CHECHNYA (L O) NUMBER=2-256659 BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN DATELINE=GENEVA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The U-N refugee agency, U-N-H-C-R, says it has not received security guarantees from Russia which would permit its aid workers to help civilians displaced by the war in Chechnya. Lisa Schlein reports from Geneva. TEXT: The refugee agency says it has an emergency team on standby in Geneva waiting for clearance to go to the Russian city of Stavropol. But, U-N-H-C-R spokesman Kris Janowski says the team will not go to the northern Caucuses until it receives guarantees of safety from the Russian government. And, so far, he says no such guarantees have been received. /// JANOWSKI ACT ONE /// When the High Commissioner was in Moscow earlier this month, the Russians told her they would come up with some sort of security guarantees by last Tuesday. Unfortunately, so far, they have not come up with any security guarantees that would be good enough to deploy our staff. So, the team is there on standby, waiting to go in. But the security guarantees are not there. /// END ACT /// Mr. Janowski says thousands of civilians in Chechnya are in desperate need. He says the humanitarian situation in neighboring Ingushetia is getting worse every day. Ingush authorities estimate more than 225- thousand Chechens have taken refuge there. Many are living in railway cars and dilapidated buildings. U-N refugee spokesman Janowski says the agency has told Russia that aid workers are in serious danger of being kidnapped and taken hostage in the northern Caucuses. And, unless they are protected, aid workers will not be able to help the many people who are in need. /// JANOWSKI ACT TWO /// Every day is frustrating. It is a major humanitarian crisis that we have in Ingushetia, let alone Chechnya where there is no international aid and all we get is news on intensifying military activity which, of course, is taking a toll on the civilian population in different ways. So, the primary humanitarian concern is Chechnya, which is, essentially, in humanitarian terms a black hole. /// END ACT /// Mr. Janowski says once the Russians assure its safety, the emergency team will set up its operations in Stavropol. He says from there the team would go to Chechnya for periods of two to four-days to bring assistance to the beleaguered population. (SIGNED) NEB/LS/JWH/RAE 30-Nov-1999 09:33 AM EDT (30-Nov-1999 1433 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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