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NO. R-122. JOINT RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE KOSOVO REFUGEES.

(J.R.S. 53)

Offered by: Senator Ptashnik of Windsor County.

Whereas, mass ethnically-based deportations and human slaughter constitute genocide, and

Whereas, the world hoped that after the Holocaust, we would never again witness a similar tragedy as has recently been occurring in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo, and

Whereas, in response to this tragedy, the member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are conducting a massive air-based military assault on Serbia in an effort to halt this despicable ethnic assault and enable the Albanian Kosovars to return to their communities and rebuild their lives and homes, and

Whereas, Albanian Kosovar refugees are being involuntarily removed from their homes, forced to go on difficult and dangerous marches to Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania and, in some cases, brutally raped and murdered, and

Whereas, the resulting flood of victims has led to thousands of refugees crowding into unsanitary and poorly supplied camps, and

Whereas, while the United States has supported a military drive that will ultimately cost billions of dollars, the financial support for the refugees is inadequate to meet their needs, and

Whereas, it is impossible to overemphasize the urgency of the refugees' desperate plight, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urgently requests that Congress, on the most expedient basis possible, substantially increase the funding that is made directly available for refugee assistance, including food, medicine and temporary shelter, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each member of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.