Header
Updated: 06-Aug-2004 13:35 Index

1 April 2003 -
NATO HQ Skopje
On 31 March Operation Allied Harmony, NATO’s peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(1) , was formally handed over to the European Union.

NATO remains fully committed to helping the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to become fully integrated in Euro-Atlantic structures. To that end NATO will maintain a Senior Civilian Representative and a Senior Military Representative in NATO HQ Skopje, who will continue to assist the authorities in the development of security sector reform and adaptation to NATO standards.

The decision to terminate Operation Allied Harmony as of 31 March was taken by the North Atlantic Council – NATO’s top decision-making body - on 17 March. The handover has been made possible following the agreements reached by the EU and NATO on access by the EU to the collective assets and capabilities of NATO for EU-led operations.

Additional Information:

  • Web site: NATO HQ Skopje
  • EU Website: EU Military Operation in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

 

16 Dec 2002
- 31 March 2003
Operation Allied Harmony

In response to a request from President Trajkovski, the North Atlantic Council agreed to continue supporting the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) with a new mission from 16 December 2002.

While acknowledging that Operation Amber Fox could be successfully finalised, the North Atlantic Council agreed that there is a requirement for a follow-on international military presence in the country, so that risks of destabilisation are minimised.

NATO's presence after 15 December was two-fold; its operational elements provided support for the international monitors; its advisory elements assisted the government in taking ownership of security throughout the country.

On 17 March the North Atlantic Council decided to terminate Operation Allied Harmony as of 31 March with a view to the EU commencing a successor operation. The handover has the full agreement of the authorities in Skopje, and demonstrates the considerable progress achieved during Allied Harmony and the previous operation Task Force Fox in restoring stability.

Additional Information:

 

23 Sep 2001 -
15 Dec 2002
Operation Amber Fox / Task Force Fox

Following approval of the Operational Plan on 26 September, the North Atlantic Council has agreed to issue the Execution Directive authorising the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Joseph Ralston, to release the Activation Order for Operation Amber Fox. This activation order enables the NATO force for this mission to be deployed. The adoption of this decision is in response to a request by the authorities of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) earlier this month.

Operation Amber Fox will have the specific mandate to contribute to the protection of international monitors who will oversee the implementation of the peace plan in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The mission will be deployed under German leadership with the participation of other NATO nations and will consist of some 700 troops, if necessary together with 300 troops already in the country. The duration of Operation Amber Fox will be three months with the option to consider a prolongation depending on the situation in the country.

Additional Information:

  • Webmodule containing transcripts of press conferences, press releases, speeches,...
22 Aug -
23 Sep 2001
 
Operation Essential Harvest / Task Force Harvest

Operation "Essential Harvest" was officially launched on 22 August and effectively started on 27 August. This 30-day mission involved the sending of approximately 3500 NATO troops, with logistical support, to disarm ethnic Albanian groups and destroy their weapons.

The operation was approved on 29 June and implemented on the sole condition that the political dialogue between the various parties in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) had a "successful outcome" and a cease-fire was respected.

The operational plan was drawn up in response to a request for NATO assistance made by President Trajkovski on 20 June.

Additional Information:

  • Webmodule containing transcripts of press conferences, press releases, speeches,...

1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.