Updated: 25-Jul-2003 July 2003

25 July 2003

NATO releases report on Krivenik incident

Krivenik Report
Krivenik Report in PDF

In a report released today, NATO presented its findings on the 2001 mortar attack on Krivenik, Kosovo, in which three civilians, including one Associated Press journalist, were killed.

On 29 March 2001 approximately 13 to 19 mortar rounds landed in or near Krivenik, a small village in southeastern Kosovo, close to the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia1. They killed three civilians and wounded ten others.

The day of the incident NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson spoke with Macedonian President Trajkovski who agreed to set up a Joint Commission to review the findings of the ongoing investigations of the mortar explosions.

However, neither the information from the Ministry of Defence of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia1, nor talks with commanders of the former National Liberation Army (NLA) have brought to light sufficient new information allowing NATO to identify conclusive evidence about what happened. Following this NATO informed the authorities in Skopje it would release its own report.

The uncertainty that remains is particularly painful for the relatives and friends of the victims. NATO once again sends its sincerest condolences to them all.

  1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.