Albanian Daily News
New commander for YU army's Kosovo Corps

Albanian Economic Tribune - Dec 30, 1999

BELGRADE - Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has named a new commander for the Belgrade army’s Kosovo Prishtina corps, state television RTS reported Tuesday.

The announcement follows claims Monday from top Yugoslav army generals that the Belgrade army is gearing up to return to Kosovo after NATO forces withdraw in June next year.

General Radojko Stefanovic has been named as the successor to General Vladimir Lazarevic.

Lazarevic commanded the corps in the Kosovar capital before Belgrade’s troops were forced to withdraw from Kosovo in mid-June after NATO’s air campaign. The Prishtina army corps is under the command of the Third Yugoslav Army.

Under a military agreement between NATO and Belgrade in June, a small, lightly armed contingent of Yugoslav soldiers and police is to return to Kosovo to guard culturally sensitive sites and Yugoslavia’s borders.

But Belgrade, accusing Western officials of being biased against Kosovo’s Serbian population, of which an estimated 300,000 have fled since June, has increased demands for a return of its security forces to Kosovo.

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