20 June, NATO Ambassadors
agreed in principle to a request by President Boris
Trajkovski of the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
for NATO assistance to demilitarise ethnic Albanian
extremists, on condition that the parties pursue political
dialogue successfully and cease hostilities. Instructions
were given for an Operational Plan to be drawn up
on this basis.
Secretary General Lord Robertson
the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
on 14 June to meet President Boris
Trajkovski and Prime Minister Ljubco
Georgievski and other key political figures
for talks about how to end the insurgency of ethnic
heads of state and government
met at NATO on 13 June for a special session of the
North Atlantic Council during the first official visit
of US President George W.
Bush to Europe. Discussions covered all
key issues on NATO's agenda, including missile defence.
On the question of future enlargement, the Allies
hope and expect to be able to invite more candidate
countries to join NATO at the Prague Summit in 2002.
of the European Union
and NATO met formally for the first time at NATO on
12 June to exchange information on practical issues
related to the development of EU-NATO security cooperation.
Committee on Women in the
NATO Forces celebrated its 25th anniversary
at a meeting from 10 to 15 June, which was exceptionally
held in Rome,
Italy, to mark the Italian Armed Forces' first intake
of female recruits last year.
ministers from NATO member and Partner
countries gathered in Brussels,
Belgium, for their six-monthly meetings on 7 and 8
June. Key items of discussion were the development
of EU-NATO relations, implementation of the Defence
Capabilities Initiative, missile defence and the crisis
in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1).
President Robert Kocharian
came to NATO on
6 June to meet Lord Robertson.
They discussed Armenia's continued partnership with
NATO as well as the tension with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-
100 generals converged on Supreme
Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)
for the annual conference organised by Supreme Allied
Commander Europe (SACEUR) General
Joseph W. Ralston on 5 and 6 June. Two
key topics were NATO's 1999 Strategic Concept and
its consequences for forces and capabilities, and
an assessment of NATO's Balkans operations.
NATO member and Partner countries took part in Exercise
Baltops 2001, a peace-support operation
in the Baltic Sea
from 1 to 18 June.
1 and 2 June, Lord Robertson
Italy, to attend Italy's annual military parade and
to meet President Carlo Azeglio
Ciampi, outgoing Defence Minister Sergio
Mattarella and Prime Minister designate
ministers from NATO and Partner countries
gathered for their regular spring meetings in Budapest,
Hungary, on 29 and 30 May. Discussions focused on
current tensions in the former Yugoslav Republic of
in the Balkans, EU-NATO cooperation and new challenges
facing the Alliance, as well as strengthening NATO's
partnerships and the Alliance's relations with Russia
Robertson visited Dubrovnik,
Croatia, on 31 May to address a conference on Key
steps for European integration: promoting peace and
prosperity in South East Europe.
question of NATO enlargement dominated discussions
at the five-day spring meeting of the NATO
Parliamentary Assembly, held in Vilnius,
Lithuania, between 27 and 31 May.
a statement on 24 May, Lord
Robertson strongly condemned recent actions
by extremist groups in the
former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,
(1) particularly their
continued presence in several occupied villages and
their attacks on government security forces.
phased return of Yugoslav
and Serbian security forces to Sector B
of the Ground Safety Zone,
the buffer zone between Serbia and Kosovo, began on
Council of the Atlantic
Treaty Association (ATA) held its annual
meeting at NATO on 21 May and was briefed by Lord
Robertson on key issues on NATO's agenda.
The Education Committee of
the ATA met the following day to discuss
how national organisations can explain security issues
to younger audiences.
Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, General
William F. Kernan, paid his first visit
to SHAPE on 16
and 17 May 2001 to meet SACEUR General
Joseph W. Ralston and his staff.
Robertson met Albanian President Rexhep
Meidani, Prime Minister Ilir
Meta, Foreign Minister Paskal
Milo and Defence Minister Ishmail
Lleshi in Tirana,
Albania, where they discussed developments in the
region and defence reform.
Prime Minister Ivica Racan
met Lord Robertson
at NATO and addressed NATO
Ambassadors on 16 May. They discussed Croatia's
contribution to regional stability as well as the
year-old government's programme of political reform.
15 and 26 May, seven NATO nations provided forces
for Damsel Fair 2001,
an exercise in Kusadasi Bay,
off the coast of Turkey, aimed at exercising all aspects
of mine-warfare planning, execution and analysis.
Chiefs of Staff
held a series of meetings at NATO
among themselves and with Partner country counterparts
on 15 and 16 May. Key topics included Balkan peacekeeping,
the situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,
(1) developing EU-NATO
relations, NATO's force structure review and discussions
about the procurement of an air-ground surveillance
elected Moldovan Prime Minister Vasile
Tarlev met Lord
Robertson at NATO
on 15 May. He expressed his country's determination
to broaden and extend cooperation with NATO, particularly
in the field of peacekeeping.
NATO members and seven Partner countries participated
in Cooperative Tide 2001,
an exercise in naval coastal warfare procedures, in
Newport News, Virginia,
USA, from 14 to 23 May.
14 and 16 May, six NATO members and six Partner countries
took part in Cooperative
Baltic Eye in the Baltic
Sea, an exercise aimed at developing procedures
for commanding, controlling and coordinating search-and-rescue
the night of 11 and 12 May, KFOR
troops seized a large cache of heavy weapons, which
were destined for ethnic Albanian armed groups operating
in the Presevo Valley.
Spain, on 10 and 11 May, where he addressed a security
and defence conference, before travelling to Madrid
for meetings with Prime Minister Jos
Maria Aznar, Foreign Minister Josep
Piqu and Defence Minister Federico
The Hague, the
Netherlands, on 9 May, Lord
Robertson gave a speech at the Centre for
European Security Studies and later met Dutch Defence
Minister Frank de Grave.
first consultations on missile
defence took place at NATO
on 8 May, when a US delegation
explained the new US administration's position to
and the North Atlantic Council
the wake of repeated acts of violence by ethnic Albanian
extremists against forces of the former Yugoslav Republic
of Macedonia, (1)
Lord Robertson travelled
to Skopje on 7
May for meetings with President Boris
Trajkovski and other key figures, which
he attended together with European Union High Representative
for Foreign and Security Policy Javier
Conference of National Armaments
Directors met in Brussels,
Belgium, for their biannual meeting on 3 and 4 May
to discuss NATO policy issues and projects, including
the implementation of the Defence Capabilities Initiative
and the Armaments Review.
2001 NATO Economics Colloquium
took place in Bucharest,
Romania, between 2 and 4 May and focused on the interrelationship
between regional economic cooperation, security and
stability, particularly in southeastern Europe, the
southern Caucasus and Central Asia.
condemned an attack by Albanian
extremists on security forces in the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)
near the city of Tetovo,
on 28 April.
1,500 reservists from six NATO and Partner countries
as well as Argentina trained in Bosnia
and Kosovo from
27 April to 10 May during two combined peacekeeping
exercises, Adventure Express
and Dynamic Express 2001.
Preliminary training took place in Albania with Albanian
troops before the reserve forces moved on to SFOR
and KFOR theatres.
a visit by Serb government officials to NATO
on 25 April, UN Special Representative to Kosovo
Hans Haekkerup and
a delegation of senior political leaders representing
ethnic groups in Kosovo met Lord
Robertson and NATO
Ambassadors on 26 April.
signed a security agreement with NATO
on 24 April, the first of the seven countries participating
in NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue to do so.
and senior officers in command of Engineering Corps
in NATO and Partner countries, discussed the future
of military engineering
at the their annual conference, held this year at
the French Army Engineering School in Angers,
France, from 24 to 26 April.
visited the Netherlands on 23 April, where, after
meeting Foreign Minister Jozias
van Aartsen, he opened the Business Week
Convention organised by the Economic Faculty Association
in Rotterdam, and received the Business Week
Award 2001 for achievements in world communication.
15 April, KFOR
soldiers assisted in the hand-over of five Serb
hostages, who had been held by ethnic Albanian
extremists operating in southern Serbia since March.
crimes suspect detained
troops detained Dragan Obrenovic,
one of three Bosnian Serbs indicted for the Srebrenica
massacre, on 15 April and transferred him to the International
War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.
a North Atlantic Council decision on 10 April, Sector
D of the Ground Safety Zone
separating Serbia and Kosovo, was handed over to Yugoslav
forces on 14 April.
condemned the deliberate targeting and killing of
a Russian KFOR soldier
in a shooting on 11 April in Kosovo.
died on 9 April in a helicopter crash in poor weather
in a mountainous region of Kosovo
near the border with the former Yugoslav Republic
of Macedonia. (1)
force personnel from six NATO countries participated
in a logistics exercise, Ample
Train 2001, in Greece
from 2 to 6 April, to practise servicing and handling
General Thorstein Skiaker
took command of KFOR on 6 April, succeeding Italian
General Carlo Cabigiosu.
6 April, Bulgaria's parliament ratified an agreement
with NATO, authorising the transit of Greek and Turkish
NATO forces across
to reinforce the NATO-led peacekeeping operation in
the 19 NATO Ambassadors
visited the former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia (1)
and Kosovo on
3 and 4 April, stopping off on the way at the headquarters
of Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples,
Italy, which has command authority for SFOR and
commemorated its 50th anniversary
on 2 April in a ceremony presided by SACEUR General
Ralston and Lord
paid a two-day visit to Warsaw,
Poland, on 29 and 30 March, where he met President
Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek,
the foreign and defence ministers, and members of
the upper and lower houses of parliament.
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