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Harvest (TFH)
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Operation Essential Harvest
(Task Force Harvest)

27 August - 26 September 2001

 
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27 Sept. 2001 -
 
Contents
 
  • Background info
  • Press Conferences
  • Press Releases
  • Speeches
  • Chronology
  • Related sites
  • Background information

    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:
    • 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
    September 2001
    26  
    19 20
    12 13
    5 6
               
    August 2001
    29    
               
    July 2001
    17 July 2001- Joint Press Conference of NATO, EU and OSCE. Speakers: Lord Robertson, Havier Solana and Mirchea Joana 9.91 MB wma
    26 July 2001-Joint Press Conference of NATO, EU and President Trajkovski in Skopje. Speakers: Lord George Robertson, Havier Solana and Boris Trajkovski 11.2 MB wma

    Press Releases
    (2001)129
    20 Sept. 2001
    Statement by the NATO Secretary General
    (2001)120
    6 Sept. 2001
    Statement by the Secretary General of NATO The Right Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
    (2001)118
    27 August 2001
    Statement by the Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson, Deploring the Death of a British Soldier
    (2001)116
    22 August 2001
    Statement from the NATO Spokesman
    (2001)114
    21 August 2001
    Statement by the Secretary General following the Destruction of the Lesok Monastery
    (2001)112
    15 August 2001
    NATO Authorises the Deployment of Headquarters of Task Force Harvest
    (2001)110
    24 July 2001
    Press statement by the Secretary General
    (2001)109
    20 July 2001
    Statement by the Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson, on the death of EUMM Monitors
    (2001)107
    19 July 2001
    Joint Press Statement by the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Dr Javier Solana, and the NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson
    (2001)105
    16 July 2001
    Statement by NATO Secretary General
    (2001)101
    5 July 2001
    Joint Statement on the ceasefires in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    (2001)096
    25 June 2001
    Statement by the Secretary General
    (2001)095
    22 June 2001
    Statement by the Secretary General Concerning Renewed Fighting in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    (2001)093
    20 June 2001
    Statement by the North Atlantic Council
    (2001)091
    11 June 2001
    Statement by the Secretary General Concerning Developments in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    M-NAC-D-1(2001)88
    7 June 2001
    Statement on the situation in the Balkans Issued at the Meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Defence Ministers Session held in Brussels
    (2001)080
    30 May 2001
    Joint Press Statement on the Western Balkans by the EU Presidency and the NATO Secretary General
    (2001)075
    24 May 2001
    Statement by the Secretary General Condemning the Actions of Armed Extremists in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    (2001)073
    21 May 2001
    Statement by the NATO Spokesman
    (2001)055
    3 May 2001
    Statement by NATO Secretary General on the situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    (2001)041
    21 March 2001
    Statement by the Secretary General on the situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    (2001)035
    8 March 2001
    Secretary General's Statement on North Atlantic Council Measures for Southern Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    (2001)032
    2 March 2001
    Statement by the Secretary General on the Situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)

    Speeches

    29 August 2001
    Address to Parliamentary Party Leaders of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson in Skopje.

    22 August 2001
    Statement by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson following the North Atlantic Council Decision to Launch Operation Essential Harvest - (.MP3/3.810Kb) (High resolution photos)

    22 August 2001
    High resolution photos and audio file of the Press Point by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, the Chairman of the Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Ambassador Alexis Brouhns and EU Special Representative for Macedonia, Mr. François Léotard - (.MP3/1.975Kb)

    15 August 2001
    Statement to the press by NATO Spokesman Yves Brodeur, on the situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) (.MP3/964Kb) (En français: .MP3/651Kb)

    13 August 2001
    Transcript of the Press Conference by NATO Spokesman, Yves Brodeur in Skopje

    25 July 2001
    Press point by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson on the situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) (.MP3/3.436Mb)

    6 July 2001
    Press Point of Dr. Ilinka Mitreva, Foreign Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) and NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson (.MP3/2.450Mb)

    5 July 2001
    "Ukraine and NATO: Making the Right Choices for the 21st Century" - Speech by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, at the SACLANT Symposium, Kyiv

    29 June 2001
    "NATO Mission in Macedonia will not be Pro-Albanian nor Pro-Macedonian" - Translation of the interview by NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson given to Fakti (Macedonian/ Albanian language daily)

    8 June 2001
    Speech by Dr. Vlado Buckovski, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia at the Meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council at the level of Defence Ministers - NATO HQ

    30 May 2001
    Address by Ilinka Mitreva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia at the Meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council at the level of Foreign Ministers - Budapest, Hungary
    NATO Review - No 2 - Summer 2001
    • Peacekeeping past and present - Article by Espen Barth Eide examining the way in which peacekeeping has evolved since the end of the Cold War and the nature of the challenge today

    Chronology / NATO Update

    5 September 2001
    Operation Essential Harvest
    26 July 2001
    Lord Robertson helps reinvigorate Skopje peace talks
    25 July 2001
    "The situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) is critical"
    6 July 2001
    Visit of Dr Mitreva a day after signing of cease-fire
    29 June 2001
    Clarifying NATO's role in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    29 June 2001
    Operation plan "Essential Harvest" approved
    27 June 2001
    NATO prepares for possible operation to disarm ethnic Albanian armed groups
    20 June 2001
    Skopje requests NATO assistance
    16 May 2001
    Lord Robertson visits Albania
    7 May 2001
    International concern over violence in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    29 April 2001
    Lord Robertson condemns attack on Macedonian security forces
    3 April 2001
    NATO Ambassadors on third visit to the Balkans
    26 March 2001
    Lord Robertson calls for intensified political dialogue in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    21 March 2001
    Further measures to reinforce security in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    9 March 2001
    NATO and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) hold special consultation
    8 March 2001
    Measures for Southern Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
    Related sites
    1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.