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31 Jul 2003 description

Skopje (dpa) - Macedonian police Thursday confirmed the presence of unidentified armed and uniformed groups in Albanian-dominated regions of the country's northwest, local media reported.

Confirmation followed a recent report that a former ethnic Albanian rebel group had rearmed at several improvised camps near the northwestern town of Kumanovo and villages around Skopje.

23 Jul 2003 description
report Council of Europe

SG/Inf (2003) 30 23 July 2003
June 2003 in Tirana

Political Overview

Thessaloniki Summit

1. Prime Minister Fatos Nano and President Alfred Moisiu praised the results of the EU Summit in Thessaloniki. At a press conference on 21 June, the two said "a worthy representation of the country's entire efforts towards EU membership was successfully crowned" at the summit. Mr Nano also promised to step up efforts in fighting organised crime, corruption and trafficking

Talks on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

15 Jul 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 136)

14 Jul 2003 description

The government body coordinating the campaign to disarm the civilian population decided on 11 July that the planned weapons collection will take place between 1 October and 15 November, "Utrinski vesnik" reported. Gezim Ostreni, who is a former military commander of the ethnic Albanian National Liberation Army (UCK) and now heads the coordinating committee, said there will be no extension of the deadline to hand in illegally held arms.