“A UNHCR representative in Pristina reported that there is no obvious solution for the ‘Roma problem’ in Kosovo. UNHCR wants to resettle those Roma that want to leave Kosovo, but no country has volunteered to take them. UNHCR has started looking for a temporary site within Kosovo where the Roma can be relocated. … The UNHCR representative also said that ‘we want to return [the Roma] to their homes in a secure environment but this is a long way off.'”

OFDA: Kosovo Crisis Fact Sheet 90, 12 July 1999

“Today, the vulnerability of this whole community is evident. The meager humanitarian aid they had been receiving dried up more than two years ago. Few Roma houses have been rebuilt.

My deep suspicion is that these people are being treated this way for no other reason than that they are Roma.”

Marek Nowicki, former Kosovo Ombudsman, In Kosovo’s camps, a story waits for an ending, International Herald Tribune, 12 January 2005

“There might have been – let’s be very clear – there might have been a lack of co-operation on the ground. We are dealing with what we all know is a particularly difficult group. But that would not serve as an excuse for not addressing an acute health problem.”

UN SRSG Soren Jessen-Petersen, commenting on the lead-poisoning in the IDPs camps in Northern Mitrovica, BBC News, 13 June 2005

“For the Roma, as a sort of forgotten, marginalized people it was only in the past year, or year and a half, that the international community has become really mobilized to work, to assist the Roma in the return to the Mahalla.”

Patricia Waring, UNMIK. Director of the Department of Civil Administration, in: A Minority Report, Saputnik Film, 2007

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