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Operation Amber Fox
(Task Force Fox)

27 September 2001 - 15 December 2002

 
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Contents
 
  • Background info
  • Press Conferences
  • Press Releases
  • Audio Speeches
  • Background information

    Operation Amber Fox was initiated on the request of President Trajkovski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1).

    Following approval of the Operational Plan on 26 September 2001, the North Atlantic Council agreed to issue the Execution Directive authorising the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Joseph Ralston, to release the Activation Order for Operation Amber Fox.

    The mission officially started on 27 September 2001 with an initial three-month mandate, which was subsequently extended until 15 December 2002.

    Operation Amber Fox was mandated to contribute to the protection of international monitors from the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who are overseeing the implementation of the peace plan in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1). The operation consisted of approximately 700 troops from NATO member countries, which reinforced some 300 troops already based in the country.

    In response to a request from President Trajkovski, the North Atlantic Council has agreed to continue supporting the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 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.

    Additional Information:
    • Press Release (2002)131: NATO to Continue Supporting the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(1) - 29 November 2002
    • NATO Handbook: Chapter 5: The Alliance's Operational Role in Peacekeeping
    • Fact sheet on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) - Information correct as of 10 August 2001
    Press Conferences
    held at the NATO Press Centre in Skopje
    Dec. 2002 4 11 14 18            
    Nov. 2002 6 13 20 27            
    Oct. 2002 9 16 23 30            
    Sept. 2002 4 11 18 25            
    August 2002 14                  
    July 2002 3 10 17              
    June 2002 5 12 19              
    May 2002 8 15 22 29            
    April 2002 3 10 17 24            
    March 2002 6 13 27              
    Feb. 2002 5 7 14 19 21 26 28      
    Jan. 2002 15 16 23 29 31          
    Dec. 2001 4 6 11 18 20          
    Nov. 2001 1 6 7 8 13 15 20 22 27 29
    Oct. 2001 1 2 3 5 12 15 19 23 25 30
    Sept. 2001 27 28/28 30            

    2002 Audio Speeches
    October

    16 October-Joint Press Conference of NATO, EU and OSCE in Skopje. Speakers: Craig Ratcliff, Irena Djuzelova and Wolfgang Greven.1.07MB wma

    23 October-Joint Press Conference of NATO, EU and OSCE in Skopje. Speakers: Craig Ratcliff, Irena Djuzelova and Wolfgang Greven.1.14MB wma

    November
    6 November - Joint Press Conference of NATO, EU and OSCE in Skopje. Speakers: Antonio Sgobba, Irena Djuzelova and Wolfgang Greven. 0.852 MB wma
    13 November - Joint Press Conference of NATO, EU and OSCE in Skopje. Speakers: Craig Ratcliff, Irena Djuzelova and Harald Schenker.1.53 MB wma
    27 November - Joint Press Conference of NATO, EU and OSCE in Skopje. Speakers: Craig Ratcliff, Irena Djuzelova and Wolfgamg Greven.1.49 MB wma

    Press Releases
    (2002)131
    29 Nov. 2002
    NATO to Continue Supporting the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(1)
    (2002)117
    14 Oct. 2002
    NATO Extends Amber Fox Mission
    (2002)067
    21 May 2002
    NATO Extends Amber Fox Mission
    (2002) 053
    25 April 2002
    NATO Secretary General awards medals for service in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    (2002) 033
    8 March 2002
    Statement by the Secretary General of NATO
    (2002)024
    22 Feb. 2002
    Statement from the Spokesman
    (2002)020
    18 Feb. 2002
    Statement by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson
    (2001)133
    27 Sept. 2001
    Operation Amber Fox

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