New commander for YU army's Kosovo CorpsAlbanian Economic Tribune - Dec 30, 1999
BELGRADE - Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has named a new commander for the Belgrade armys 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 Belgrades troops were forced to withdraw from Kosovo in mid-June after NATOs 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 Yugoslavias borders.
But Belgrade, accusing Western officials of being biased against Kosovos 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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