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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 4, 2001
Question Taken at the October 4 Daily Press Briefing

Joint NATO Statement (Taken Question)

Attached is a copy of the requested NATO joint statement.

JOINT STATEMENT

Today the National Security Council has reportedly approved a plan for the redeployment of security forces into areas affected by the crisis and recommended their re-entry in the next few days, with prior coordination with the OSCE, EU and NATO.

We support the re-entry of the Macedonian Security forces to all areas of the country on an appropriate timeline and in an appropriate manner. The full sovereignty and unitary character of the state is a key component of the Ohrid Agreement that was negotiated under the auspices of the President of the Republic and signed by him and the leaders of DPA, POP, SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE. The international community is ready to support the re-entry process, including with international observers.

However, we underline that the re-entry of the security forces has to happen in the spirit of the Ohrid Agreement. It should only happen after careful preparation, including a fully transparent planning process that also involves the International Community and democratically elected political representatives of the Albanian community. Such a process has not yet taken place. In addition, adequate security conditions should be in place. These include demobilization of reservists and disbandment of any armed groups not under proper command and control, and presence of international monitors under appropriate arrangements with NATO. Finally, re-entry cannot happen without adoption of an amnesty and without steps being taken to fully implement the Ohrid Agreement, in particular completion of the constitutional process foreseen in the Ohrid Agreement.

We urge the Government not to implement any decisions which do not fulfil the above- mentioned points. The international community will not be able to Support or be associated with any such decisions.  


Released on October 5, 2001

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