Updated: 19-Nov-2001 Week of 15-21 December 1999

15 Dec. 1999
3 priorities for Kosovo

NATO's Foreign Ministers met at NATO HQ, 15-16 December, for their biannual meeting. On 15 December, they were joined by their Ukrainian counterpart, Mr. Boris Tarazuk, and on 16 December, by the other 26 members of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC). The EAPC took this opportunity to approve its Action Plan for 2000-2002

During the meeting, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Kosovo, Dr Bernard Kouchner, made a plea for greater support from NATO member countries and their Partners. Progress has been made in Kosovo he said, but what is needed is more money to rebuild the province, more support for the Kosovo Protection Force, for the search of missing persons and a larger police force to re-establish security and protect minorities.

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17 Dec. 1999
Last NATO meetings of the century
NATO has been holding its last meetings of the century this week. On 17 December, NATO representatives met with those from the Western European Union in a Joint NATO-WEU Council; on 20 December, they held a meeting with Russia which focused on Kosovo, and on 22 December, NATO's highest decision making body -the North Atlantic Council- gathered for its last meeting of the year. Business will resume on 3 January 2000.
20 Dec. 1999
Indicted war criminal detained
On 20 December, the NATO-led Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina detained Stanislav Galic, indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY). Bosnian Serb wartime commander, Galic, is accused of having inflicted terror upon civilians and for crimes against humanity between September 1992 and August 1994. He commanded the Romanija Corps which kept Sarajevo under siege for nearly 3 years.

Galic has been transferred to The Hague where he will be brought before the ICTY.