KFOR Statement to Press Conference
Pristina, 13 August 2001 - At various stages during the year KFOR has summarised for you, the successes it has had achieved, as a result of our determination to interdict supplies transiting through Kosovo and destined for the NLA. The previous week has been equally successful, as we have continued to detain suspect individuals and seize significant quantities of weapons.
There has been a further 27 individuals detained this week after having illegally crossed into Kosovo from either Albania or the FYROM whilst a number of others have been forced to turn back as a result of the vigilance of KFOR patrols.
Last week also saw the discovery of 54 boxes of ammunition each containing over 700 rounds near to Brodosavce. This totalled over 41,000 rounds altogether which we believe were destined for the NLA. A search of Donja Stubla, in Multinational Brigade East resulted in the discovery of 20 AK 47 rifles, and a further 2100 rounds of ammunition.
Yesterday saw the detention of fifteen men and a foreign Journalist in the vicinity of Gorance after they had been observed acting suspiciously. After a search of the area by Polish and Ukrainian soldiers the following items were found. Cell phones, motorola base station units, 50 sleeping bags, flak jackets and helmets, binoculars and other military equipment including uniforms and boots.
KFOR will continue to disrupt and interdict the supply of men and materiel to extremists what ever their cause.
For some months we have been working to this end and since early June it has been the focus of our main effort. Since the beginning of June, 484 individuals have been detained, KFOR soldiers have seized over 600 rifles, 140 pistols and some 113 rockets. More than a thousand anti-tank weapons, up to 1400 grenades and mines and in excess of 132,000 rounds of ammunition have also been seized.
Let me end by quoting Lt General Skiaker, KFOR's commander:
"What these figures show is that KFOR is efficiently doing its job. Robust patrolling and vigilant observation, backed by a good flow of information and relentless determination, on the part of KFOR soldiers, is making life extremely difficult for the extremists."
Now for details of a Media Event for those interested which takes place in Multinational Brigade Centre:
On Wednesday 15 August at 11.00am o'clock, Commander of the Kosovo Protection Corps, General Ceku together with Lt. General Skiaker (COMKFOR) will attend a press conference and prize giving ceremony at Batlava.
The ceremony is the culmination of a tough course run by British soldiers in a wide variety of skills which are intended to train KPC personnel in their role as an emergency relief corps.
For those wishing to attend a mini bus will be provided to take Journalists to the ceremony which will leave the UNMIK building at 0930 hrs Wednesday morning. Please register your interest with Ian Frazer or Major David Reynolds at Multinational Brigade Centre.