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PRI Releases New Evidence of UNFPA’s Complicity with Milosevic

August 2, 1999

Volume 1/ Number 12

Dear Friend and Colleague:

The controversy over the UNFPA’s involvement with the Milosevic regime continues to intensify. We present below new evidence of that regime’s intent to lower the Kosovar birthrate, as well as the UNFPA’s involvement.

Steven W. Mosher



UN Agency Continues Blanket Denial of Involvement in ‘Stealth’ Ethnic Cleansing of Kosovars

The Population Research Institute (PRI) today released more evidence confirming the partnership between the UNFPA and the Yugoslavian government to target and reduce the Kosovar population. Officials in the Serbian government, from Milosevic on down, have openly stated their intent to reduce the Kosovar ethnic population. “The state must find a way… to limit or forbid the enormous birthrate in Kosovo,” said Serbian Minister for Family Concerns, Rada Trajkovic, in a recent report on Yugoslavian demographics (“Serbs Alarmed at Declining Birthrate; The Extinction of the Serbs,” 1998, Yugoslavian Demographics Report, Marijana Milosavljevic).

At the same time, Stirling Scruggs, head of UNFPA’s external communications, has confirmed that the UNFPA was invited by the Milosevic regime specificially to target the Kosovar population. “We were invited into Kosovo by the Yugoslavian government,” Scruggs declared, “to conduct a needs assessment and later to follow it up with regular programs” (“Kosovar Women ‘Just Say No’ But Milosevic Invites UNFPA to Target Kosovars, PRI Review, July / August 1999, 4).

“The UNFPA is complicit in Milosevic’s ‘stealth’ ethnic cleansing campaign against the Kosovar population,” said Steven Mosher, President of the PRI. “The UNFPA has admitted that it is working hand-in-glove with the Milosevic regime, which the world knows has recently attempted the forceful extermination of its Kosovar minority. Thanks to the UNFPA, Milosevic will now achieve his aim of reducing the ethnic Albanian population of Kosovo by other means. The targeting of Kosovar women and families will continue, aided by US tax dollars, as the UNFPA engages in what might be called “silent ethnic cleansing.”

PRI has just published its second in a series of reports that focus on the Kosovar refugee crisis. The report is based on two investigations of over a dozen refugee camps in Albania and interviews with over six dozen refugee women. The UNFPA continues to deny any involvement with Milosevic’s campaign to reduce the numbers of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, or with abortion or ethnic cleansing. In a press release dated 29 July 1999, the UNFPA attacked PRI for providing information it described as “false” — and spoke of its own commitment to something called “reproductive health.” BBC radio carried a live debate between a PRI investigative reporter and a UNFPA representative 29 July 1999.

“Anyone who thinks that the UNFPA is concerned about ‘reproductive health’ should think again,” said Mosher. “The UNFPA isn’t interested in healthy reproductive systems, but in ones that have been disabled by abortion, sterilization and contraception. The organization’s very name betrays its purpose. We’re talking about the UN Population Fund here, not the UN Reproductive Health Fund.”

The UNFPA’s “regular programs” include abortion-inducing “morning after” pills originally shipped into the region allegedly for rape victims; along with shipments of crude manual vacuum aspirators, which PRI has confirmed will be used for abortions by trained NGOs.

Steven W. Mosher was the first American social scientist to study China’s one-child policy. He is a best selling author of the book A Mother’s Ordeal. His latest book, Hegemon, will be available this Spring (Y2000). Articles written by Mr. Mosher have appeared in national newspapers regularly. PRI is dedicated to ending human rights abuses committed in the name of “family planning” and to promoting authentic economic and social development that respects human dignity. To schedule an interview with Steve Mosher, please call (540) 622-5240.

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