Updated: 21-Nov-2001 Week of 16-22 June 1999

18 June 1999

An extraordinary joint meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) was held on 18 June at NATO HQ in Brussels. Ministers welcomed the ongoing withdrawal of Yugoslav security forces and the speedy deployment of KFOR.

On 19 June, the NAC approved the arrangements for Russian participation in KFOR negotiated between the US and Russian authorities in Helsinki.

NATO Refugee Centre at Brazda. (Belga Photo)

Following SACEUR's confirmation that all Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) and Serb security forces had withdrawn from Kosovo in conformity with the Military Technical Agreement, NATO Secretary General, Dr Javier Solana, decided on 20 June to terminate Phases I and II of the Phased Air Campaign as well as the Limited Air Response. On the same day, the NAC noted an Undertaking on Demilitarisation and Transformation by the UCK.

In the meantime KFOR continues its deployment into Kosovo and is now working alongside the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). KFOR's primary role is to provide a secure environment for the rebuilding of Kosovo. However, in the early stages, until civil authorities or international agencies can take over, immediate support will be necessary for assistance with emergency humanitarian aid, public security, civil administration and essential infrastructure repairs.

Additional information:

  • NATO Speeches: Canadian Joint Press Conference by Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Art Eggleton, Minister of National Defense Justice and Louise Arbour, Chief Prosecutor ICTY

  • High resolution photos of the Extraordinary Meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Joint Foreign & Defence Ministers Session
19 June 1999
International workshop in Budapest

The XVI° International NATO Workshop, organised by the Center for Strategic Defense Research (United States), took place in Budapest, Hungary on 19-23 June. Heads of State and Government, Ministers, Chiefs of Defence Staff, high-level representatives from NATO, the Western European Union and defence industries had an informal exchange of views on decisions made at the NATO Washington Summit (23-25 April 1999). Particular attention was paid to the Alliance's Revised Strategic Concept and the future of Kosovo. NATO Secretary General, Dr Javier Solana, gave the key note speech and a special address was given by SACEUR, General Wesley Clark.

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