Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia: Albanian Incursions

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2001.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

What actions UNMIK and KFOR are taking to prevent violence and illegal incursions by armed Albanian extremists in the frontier districts of Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

KFOR has stepped up its efforts to control the boundary between Kosovo and the rest of Serbia, and the border with Macedonia. A NATO representative helped broker the ceasefire between the FRY authorities and representatives of the armed groups in the Presevo Valley area of southern Serbia. Some Yugoslav Army forces have been allowed to return to one area of the Ground Safety Zone on the border with Macedonia, under the authority of the KFOR Commander. KFOR is taking a number of specific steps to help the Macedonian authorities. Urgent consideration is being given to further assistance, following the escalation in the Tetovo area.

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