Insurgency in the Preševo Valley
|Preševo Valley Insurgency|
|Part of the Yugoslav Wars|
Preševo Valley (marked in orange)
|Commanders and leaders|
(Second President, 2000–01)
(Chief of the General Staff)
(General of the Army)
|Casualties and losses|
400 surrendered to KFOR
15 civilians killed (8 Serb, 7 Albanian)|
2 UN observers wounded
The Insurgency in the Preševo Valley was an armed conflict between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the ethnic Albanian separatists of the Liberation Army of Preševo, Medveđa and Bujanovac (UÇPMB). There were instances during the conflict in which the Yugoslav government requested KFOR support in suppressing UÇPMB attacks since they could only use lightly armed military forces as part of the Kumanovo Treaty that ended the Kosovo War, which created a buffer zone so that the bulk of Yugoslav armed forces could not enter.
The Yugoslav president, Vojislav Koštunica, often warned that fresh fighting would erupt if KFOR units did not act to prevent the attacks coming from the UÇPMB.
The Kosovo War was a parallel conflict between the Yugoslav Army and the Kosovo Liberation Army. It began in February 1998 and ended on 10 June 1999 when the Kumanovo Treaty was signed. According to the treaty, KFOR troops, supervised by the United Nations, would enter as a peacekeeping force, while Yugoslav military forces were to withdraw. It was agreed that the KLA would disband by 19 September 1999. The Preševo valley conflict erupted in June 1999.
Two United Nations observers were wounded, according to reports.
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