- 16 September
Skopje, September 17th , 2001
A convoy of displaced persons in Tetovo region.
On September 10th, the Coordination Body for Crisis Management organized
a convoy for displaced persons who paid a visit to their homes in Neprosteno,
Lesok, Tearce and Vratnica. The convoy was escorted by an OSCE team. Near
the city stadium in Tetovo, from direction of the Drenovec 2 district,
sniper fire was opened on the convoy forcing it to stop, but after a short
period it proceeded to Vratnica. Police officer wounded. On September
11th a convoy for Ratae was organized. One police officer who escorted
the convoy was wounded in a gunfire coming from the village of Semsevo.
Sporadic provocations in the Tetovo region.
According to police and army sources, on September 16th the NLA members
opened fire from the region of Ratae-Neprosteno. No members of the security
forces were wounded in the attack.
The bomb attacks against civic buildings continue.
On September 10th, a hand-grenade was thrown on the roof of a shop in
Tetovo. The explosion caused material damage but no one was injured. On
September 11th, in the yard of two companies in Bit Pazar district three
vehicles were destroyed in a bomb explosion. On September 13th in Skopje,
a house in the Radisani district was bombed for second time.
Protest rally of the Association of Macedonian Immigrants in the
On September 12th the American-Macedonian Association
from the U.S. organized a protest against the adoption of the Framework
Agreement. They demanded security to be provided on the entire territory
of Macedonia, displaced persons to return to their homes and all kidnapped
persons to be released.
Changes of the curfew in Kumanovo and Tetovo.
The Ministry of Interior cancelled the order from July 18th of this year
for limited movement from 01.00h to 05.00h in Kumanovo. On September 14th
the Ministry passed a new decision according to which the curfew is on
force from 23.00h to 05.00h. In Tetovo municipality the curfew is on force
from 23.30h to 05.00h.
The proposal for opening referendum accepted.
The proposal for opening a referendum, submitted by the parliamentary
group of New Democracy party is on the agenda of the 83d Assembly session,
which will take place on September 17th. Originally, the meeting was scheduled
for September 13th. This initiative should enable the citizens to speak
their mind regarding the changes to the Constitution, determined in the
The second phase of the weaponry collection ends.
After Radusa and Brodec, the second phase of the operation "Essential
Harvest" ended in the village of Otlja near Kumanovo. This completed
the second phase of the collection of weapons from the NLA members, from
whom total of 1,271 pieces of weapons were collected. Commander of the
Task Force Harvest Gunar Lunge handed over a letter to President Trajkovski,
reporting that two thirds of the NLA weapons have been collected.
Session of the Security Council of the Republic of Macedonia.
At the meeting held on September 12th, the Security Council estimated
that the NATO mission "Essential Harvest" should end according
to the plan and within its mandate, while in the next period the authorized
bodies of the Republic of Macedonia should continue the coordination with
NATO and KFOR.
Visit by Geoana and Robertson.
On September 14th, NATO Secretary General George Robertson and OSCE Chairman
Mircea Geoana paid a visit to Macedonia. The talks were focused on the
completion of the second phase of the operation by Task Force Harvest
for collection of weapons from the NLA. The returning of displaced persons
to their homes, which is taking place under monitoring by OSCE, EU and
local monitors was pointed out as main priority.
Peace concert in Tetovo.
On September 15th, in organization by the Avalon production and Macedonian
Media Front, a peace concert named "Rock and Roll Class" took
place in Tetovo. About six thousand Tetovo citizens attended the event
at the city square. This is the first mass gathering after the six-month
clashes in the Tetovo region.