the NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson
I received earlier this week a formal request from President Trajkovski
for a further three-month extension of NATO's assistance with the security
of the international monitoring presence in the former Yugoslav Republic
of Macedonia , following the first three
months of Operation Amber Fox which are due to be completed on 26 December
The North Atlantic Council has agreed to authorise this extension of
Operation Amber Fox until 26 March 2002. While recognising that the primary
responsibility for the security of the international monitors rests with
the host government, Task Force Fox will proceed with its mission to contribute
to the protection of the international monitors who are overseeing the
implementation of the peace plan in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
This decision by the North Atlantic Council clearly demonstrates NATO's
continuing commitment to support the process of stabilisation in the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constutional name.