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Monday, May 10, 1999 Published at 16:32 GMT 17:32 UK

'Partial withdrawal': The Yugoslav army statement

The following is the text of a report by the Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug on Monday 10 May.

The Supreme Command of the Yugoslav Army today issued the following statement:

  • Given that the operations in Kosovo-Metohija against the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army have been completed, the Supreme Command has ordered a partial withdrawal of the police and the army from Kosovo-Metohija; the implementation of this decision began at 2200 [2000 gmt] on 9th May.
  • When the agreement with the UN is reached on the deployment of a UN mission in Kosovo-Metohija, i.e. when the threat to the territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from outside ceases, it will be possible to implement the plan on the reduction of the military and police forces in Kosovo-Metohija to the peacetime level from before the aggression.
  • In the state of adequate security of the state border which will prevent the incursion of terrorist gangs from Albania and Macedonia, according to the official estimate of relevant military and police institutions, the peacetime level of military and police will guarantee the security of citizens and property throughout the whole territory of Kosovo-Metohija.

    Individual terrorist attacks by smaller groups of the routed KLA, which cannot be ruled out, will be within the authority and activity of regular bodies.

Source: Tanjug news agency, Belgrade, in Serbo-Croat 1428 gmt 10 May 99.

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