13 June 1998
by NATO Secretary General, Dr. Javier Solana,
Following the decision by NATO Ministers of Defence on 11 June 1998,
NATO will hold Exercise "DETERMINED FALCON" on 15 June 1998. This is
an air exercise in Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia (1) which is taking place with
the agreement of these two
on Exercise "Determined Falcon"
The objective of this exercise is to demonstrate NATO's capability to
project power rapidly into the region.
A variety of NATO aircraft will be participating in this exercise
including fighters, reconnaissance, airborne early warning, tankers
and helicopters. The aircraft are provided by a number of NATO
nations. The aircraft will originate at bases in NATO countries, fly
to the exercise area for specific events and then return to their
The Fifth Allied Tactical Air Force (FIVEATAF) Combined Air
Operations Centre at Vicenza, Italy, will be responsible for the
conduct of the exercise.
NATO continues to support a political solution which brings an end to
the violence in Kosovo, provides an enhanced status for Kosovo,
preserves the territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of
Yugoslavia, and safeguards the human and civil rights of all
inhabitants of Kosovo, whatever their ethnic origin. On this basis,
we intend to contribute to the response of the international
NATO also remains determined to contribute to efforts promoting
stability and security in neighbouring countries, with particular
emphasis on Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Further details on the exercise can be obtained from AFSOUTH Public
Information Office, tel: +39 81 721 2263/2235.
Turkey recognises the Republic
of Macedonia with its constitutional name.