Refugees: Ohrid Agreement

ANNEX C

3.1. All parties will work to ensure the return of refugees who are citizens or legal residents of Macedonia and displaced persons to their homes within the shortest possible timeframe, and invite the international community and in particular UNHCR to assist in these efforts.

Implementation History

2001

Intermediate Implementation

The parliamentary debate on peace agreement was halted on issues related to refugees in early September 2002. Nationalist politicians were complaining that ethnic Albanian rebels were blocking the reparations of Slav refugees. As a matter of fact, the speaker of the assembly “adjourned the debate after demanding new conditions for the return of the estimated 125,000 Macedonian Slav refugees mainly from Kosovo.”1
UNHCR statistics shows that some 90,012 refugees returned to Macedonia.2

  • 1. "Macedonia resumes peace debate," CNN.com, September 2, 2001.
  • 2. "2005 UNHCR Statistical Yearbook Country Data Sheet - Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia," UNHCR, 2007.
2002

Intermediate Implementation

According to UNHCR, 10,767 refugees returned to Macedonia in 2002. 

2003

Intermediate Implementation

According to UNHCR, 2,201 refugees returned to Macedonia in 2003. 

2004

Full Implementation

According to UNHCR, 726 refugees returned to Macedonia in 2004. 

2005

Full Implementation

Refugee reparation was completed in 2004. This provision of the agreement was completely implemented. 

2006

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2007

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2008

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2009

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.