Dr Reid said: 'The response of local authorities, voluntary workers, medical services and many others involved in bringing Kosovar refugees to Scotland has been magnificent. Many organisations have pulled together to make the families feel welcome in Scotland and I pay tribute to the work of everyone involved.
'Our hope is that the prospect of peace will enable the refugees to return to their homes as soon as their safety can be guaranteed and they have the confidence to return. Until then our priority is to help these families through this difficult time. I am confident that the Scottish people will continue to extend a warm hand of friendship by welcoming them into their local communities.'
Scotland is playing a full part in the United Kingdom commitment to take Kosovar refugees from camps in Macedonia, under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Humanitarian Evacuation Programme. There are currently around 300 refugees in Scotland being accommodated in reception centres in Glasgow, Renfrew and North Berwick. Arrangements are being made to identify longer term accommodation for the refugees.