The Alliance welcomes the agreement announced on 8 June at the
G8 Foreign Ministers' conference on a draft United Nations Security
Council resolution on Kosovo that, among other things, provides
for an international security presence in Kosovo, with substantial
NATO participation and under unified command.
The requirement for the withdrawal of Serb forces from Kosovo is
non-negotiable, and until its verifiable and credible implementation
has begun, the Alliance will continue to keep up pressure on Milosevic's
regime by continuing its air campaign.
In this context, NATO looks for early agreement in the Military
to Military talks between Lt.-General Sir Michael Jackson (photo),
Commander of NATO's Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps (COMARRC)
and Yugoslav senior military officers responsible for Serb forces
in Kosovo on a Military Technical Agreement (MTA).
Meanwhile, KFOR is building up its forces in the former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia (1). 18 countries, including 13
Partners, have expressed their interest in participating with force
contributions. The total of ground forces committed so far is approximately
The Alliance is working closely with other international organisations
to develop plans for the immediate problems anticipated with returning
refugees and also for the long-term future of the region as a whole.
- NATO Speeches:
given by the German Foreign Minister, Mr Joschka Fischer and G8
Foreign Ministers in Cologne
resolution photos of the visit to NATO by US Secretary of
State, Madeleine Albright, after the G8 meeting in Cologne
1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia
with its constitutional name.