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TERRORISM IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA AND ALBANIA
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5. CHRONOLOGY OF BORDER INCIDENTS


1. On 22 January, 1998, in the region of border post "D. Jankovic", one person entered the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia illegally, in the depth of about 100 m. On the order to stop, he fled to the Albanian state border, leaving his bag in which a submachine gun and 910 cartridges were found.

2. On 16 February, 1998, on Lake Skadar, near Buoy No. 16, a group of three persons, nationals of the Republic of Albania, entered the Yugoslav territorial waters by boat illegally, in the depth of 200 m. Following an intervention by the Yugoslav border authorities, they returned to the Albanian territorial waters.

3. On 6 March 1998, at 6 p.m., unknown persons opened fire by bursts (5 bursts) from the territory of the Republic of Albania at the border post "Dejan Radanovic", on the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia. Several bullets struck the roof of the border post.

4. On 7 March, 1998, at 1.35 p.m., in the region of border post "Morina", three armed persons crossed the Albanian-Yugoslav state border illegally from the territory of the Republic of Albania. During the pursuit of these persons and the search of the area, at 5 p.m., an armed group (about 20 persons) opened fire on the Yugoslav border patrol from the territory of the Republic of Albania. Fire was returned, after which the armed persons withdrew deep into the territory of the Republic of Albania.

5. On 12 March, 1998, at 11.30 a.m., border stone C-4 was knocked down, the inscription "FRY" was completely destroyed and the inscription "Republic of Albania" turned toward the FR of Yugoslavia. The inscription was destroyed by three persons in camouflage uniforms wearing caps. Following the intervention of the Yugoslav border authorities, these persons ran deep into the territory of the Republic of Albania.

6. On 15 March, 1998, at 1.30 a.m., unknown persons entered illegally the Yugoslav territorial waters on the river Bojana, 300 m downstream from the border post "Bojana". These persons approached the border post marina and tried to steal a plastic boat. Following an intervention by the border guards in charge of the marina, the three persons opened fire at the marina and border post from their boat, on the territory of the Republic of Albania. The boat then returned to the territorial waters of the river Bojana.

7. On 25 March, 1998, at 9.15 a.m., fire was opened at the Yugoslav border guards and the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia from the territory of the Republic of Albania, in the region of the border stone C-10/13, border post "Mitar Vojinovic". The Yugoslav border guards returned fire after which the armed persons withdrew deep into the territory of the Republic of Albania.

8. On 1 April, 1998, a group of nationals of the Republic of Albania entered illegally the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia in the region of the border post "Krstac". Following the intervention of the Yugoslav border authorities, the group withdrew to the territory of the Republic of Albania.

9. On 2 April 1998, an unidentified aircraft from the Republic of Albania, flying on the route: Šakovica-Suva Reka-Pristina-Vranje-Leskovac-Doljevac-Šakovica, violated the Yugoslav air space.

10. On 3 April 1998, an unidentified aircraft from the Republic of Albania, flying on the route: Šakovica-Suva Reka-Pristina-Vranje-Leskovac-Doljevac-Šakovica-Vucitrn-Podujevo-Leskovac-Vlasotince, violated the Yugoslav air space.

11. On 7 April 1998, one national of the Republic of Albania entered illegally the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia in the region of border post "Danilo Jaukovic". Following the intervention of the Yugoslav border authorities, he threw away his bag and fled to the Republic of Albania. The bag contained a submachine and three clips loaded with cartridges.

12. On 16 April 1998, a group of armed persons crossed illegally the Albanian-Yugoslav border and entered the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia in the region of the border post "Morina". On the orders of the border authorities to stop, the armed persons opened fire on our border authorities and, with fire support from the Albanian territory, withdrew to the Albanian state border. On the spot, 3 submachine guns, 7 grenades and 660 cartridges were found.

13. On 19 April, 1998, in the region of the border post "Morina", armed persons crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally and entered the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia. On the orders of the Yugoslav border authorities to stop, the armed group opened fire on them and, under fire support from the Albanian territory, withdrew to the Albanian state border. The following was found on the spot: 156 7.62 mm submachine guns, 63 7.62 mm semiautomatic rifles, 16 grenades, 17 submachine-gun clips, 10,162 7.62 mm cartridges, and other military equipment.

14. On 22 April 1998, at 8.05 p.m., a group of terrorists opened small-arms fire from the Albanian territory on the Yugoslav border authorities in the region of border post "Gorozup" (Pastrik region).

15. On 23 April 1998, at 5.45 a.m., in the region of border post "Kosare", an armed terrorist group (about 200 persons) crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally. It refused to stop on the orders of the border authorities and opened fire. The border authorities returned fire, whereby 22 terrorists were killed and two captured. During the search of the area, a large quantity of weapons and military equipment was found.

16. On 23 April 1998, at 8.45 a.m., a group of armed persons tried to enter the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia illegally from the Albanian territory, in the region of border posts "Maja Coban" and "Mitar Vojinovic". On the orders to stop, they opened fire on the Yugoslav border authorities. The border authorities returned fire and the group withdrew to the Albanian territory.

17. On 26 April 1998, at 9.45 a.m., in the region of border post "Gorozup", border stone D-5/1, an armed group (10-15 persons) entered the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia from the Albanian territory, carrying ammunition and 7.62 mm infantry weapons (6 boxes), defensive grenades (6 boxes), bazooka shells and two 82 mm mortar bases. The Yugoslav border authorities broke up the group and it withdrew to the Albanian territory.

18. On 27 April 1998, at 04.30 a.m., in the region of border post "Cestak", border stone D-16/4, a terrorist group tried to enter the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia illegally from the Albanian territory. Following the intervention of the Yugoslav border authorities, the group threw down its equipment and, thanks to fog, withdrew to the Albanian territory. The following was found on the spot: three rucksacks, one dismantled rifle, ammunition and other equipment.

19. On 27 April 1998, at 9.30 a.m., in the region of border post "Gorozup", border stone D-5/1, an armed group entered the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia and opened fire by burst of six rounds from submachine guns on the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia. While withdrawing, they threw three grenades at the border authorities. The group withdrew to the Albanian state territory.

20. On 27 April 1998, at 3.15 a.m., in the region of border post "General Pavle Ilic", 2 km to the west, at the site of Voksa (trigonometrical station 1441), a terrorist group launched an attack on the Yugoslav border authorities. In this incident, 2 Yugoslav soldiers were lightly wounded, 3 terrorists were killed, 4 were wounded and a larger quantity of weapons and military equipment was seized.

21. On 27 April 1998, at 8.50 and 9 p.m., in the region of border post "4. jul" (border buoy - 15), fire was opened from the Albanian territory on a border patrol motorboat.

22. On 2 May 1998, between 7.40 and 8.15 p.m., in the region of border post "Gorozup", about 1,000 m deep in the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia, a terrorist group opened fire on the border authorities and threw grenades at them. One border guard was lightly wounded. Fire was returned, after which the group withdrew to the territory of the Republic of Albania. They left behind the 3 submachine guns from which fire was opened on the Yugoslav border authorities. 23. In the night of 2/3 May, 1998, between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., in the region of border post "Gorozup" (Mount Pastrik), 2 terrorist groups entered the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia from the territory of the Republic of Albania and opened fire on the border authorities. The border authorities returned fire.

24. On 3 May 1998, at 2 a.m., in the region of border post "Vrbnica", on the Kuks-Prizren road, fire was opened on the Yugoslav border authorities from the very border line, on the Albanian territory.

25. On 7 May 1998, in the region of border post "Gorozup", during the search of the area, the Yugoslav border authorities found 20 boxes containing 800 grenades, 3 submachine guns, 30 grenade detonators, 2,720 7.62 mm cartridges, and 2 rucksacks of German make.

26. On 7 May 1998, in the region of border post "Kosare", in a deserted house in the village of Kosare, the Yugoslav border authorities found one 7.62 mm machine gun and 660 7.62 mm cartridges.

27. On 27 May 1998, at 11 a.m., in the region of the summer border post "Bogicevica", the Yugoslav border authorities - while performing their duty - were attacked by a terrorist group 2.5 km deep in the Yugoslav territory. One soldier was wounded and died after 30 minutes. Fire was returned and one terrorist was killed. The rest of the terrorist group withdrew to the Albanian territory and, after 50 minutes, attacked the Yugoslav border authorities once again. The attack was repelled.

28. On 18 May 1998, at 3.30 p.m., in the region of border post "Gora", two persons, nationals of the Republic of Albania, crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally, not heeding the orders to stop. The Yugoslav border authorities wounded one person who was given emergency medical treatment, while the other one was captured. The Local Joint Commission for Sector 5 came to the scene at 7.50 p.m. During the on-site investigation, the members of the Commission were fired upon from the territory of the Republic of Albania.

29. On 28 May 1998, at 2 p.m., in the region of border post "M. Stojanovic", two armed persons, nationals of the Republic of Albania, crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border at border stone GK D-12 and, coming across the Yugoslav border authorities, opened fire. The border authorities returned fire, after which these persons fled to the territory of the Republic of Albania.

30. On 31 May 1998, at 0.42 a.m., a shell from the bazooka was fired from the Albanian territory, border stone C-6/2, at border post "Morina". The shell fell on the Yugoslav territory, about 480 m far from the border line. The Yugoslav border authorities did not return fire.

31. On the same day, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., fire was periodically opened from the territory of the Republic of Albania, border stone C-14/5, on border post "Zulfaji", on the Yugoslav territory. This was repeated in an interval from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on 1 June 1998. The Yugoslav border authorities did not return fire.

32. On 2 June 1998, at 4.15 a.m., in the region of Kosovic, border post "Brod", the Yugoslav border authorities captured two persons who crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally. On the same spot, 15 minutes after capturing these persons, the Yugoslav border authorities observed four armed persons who were moving towards the Yugoslav-Macedonian state border with the intention to cross it illegally. These persons threw down the weapons and ammunition (six submachine guns, six submachine-gun clips and 314 cartridges) and fled in an attempt to reach the Albanian territory. At 1.40 p.m., in the region of border post "Orcusa", border stone GK-D 14/3, the Yugoslav border authorities captured two of these four persons. The mentioned two persons stated that they crossed the Albanian-Yugoslav state border illegally with the intention to enter the territory of the Republic of Macedonia illegally and sell six (already thrown away) submachine guns with ammunition clips, together with other two nationals of the Republic of Albania.

33. On 4 June 1998, at 2.55 a.m., in the region of border post "Cestak", border stone 17/5, three persons, nationals of the Republic of Albania, crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally, not heeding the orders of the Yugoslav border authorities to stop. On that occasion, one person (armed with a submachine gun, a grenade and ammunition for the submachine gun) was killed. The incident took place 200 m deep in the Yugoslav territory.

34. On 5 June 1998, at 3.45 p.m., in the region of border post "Gorozup, border stone D-5/3, three persons, nationals of the Republic of Albania, crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally, not heeding the orders of the Yugoslav border authorities to stop. Instead, they opened fire from automatic weapons. The border authorities returned fire. One armed person surrendered and the other two fled back to the Albanian territory. The captured person had two grenades and two clips loaded with thirty cartridges each for the submachine gun.

35. On 6 June 1998, at 3.30 a.m., in the region of border post "Brod", a group of persons, nationals of the Republic of Yugoslavia, crossed the Yugoslav-Macedonian state border illegally and refused to stop on the orders of the border authorities. Instead, they opened small-arms fire. The border authorities returned fire and killed two persons.

36. On 8 June 1998, at 2.20 p.m., in the region of border post "Grncar", Plav, two military helicopters from the Republic of Albania violated the air space of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by entering the Yugoslav air space at border stone B-15/11 and leaving it at border stone B-15/1. In this way, they violated the air space of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the length of 4 km, in the depth of 2 km and at the height of 300 m.

37. On 8 June 1998, at 10.39 a.m., in the region of border post "Kosare", three armed persons with a horse crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally from the Albanian territory and, about 1,500 m deep in the Yugoslav territory, opened fire on the Yugoslav border authorities. The border authorities returned fire after which the group withdrew to the territory of the Republic of Albania.

38. On 8 June 1998, at 10.50 a.m., in the region of border post "Kosare", three groups of civilians (15 persons altogether), moving from the FR of Yugoslavia to the Republic of Albania, were discovered. On the orders to stop, the civilians fled away and the armed terrorists, who were moving behind them, opened fire and then withdrew to the neighbouring peak from which they were occasionally opening fire on the border authorities.

39. On 8 June 1998, at 11 p.m., in the region of border post "Dejan Radanovic", border stone D-2/3, a large terrorist group entered the Yugoslav territory from the territory of the Republic of Albania and opened fire on the Yugoslav border authorities. One terrorist was killed, a large quantity of weapons was seized, while the rest of the group fled to the border of the Republic of Albania.

40. On 9 June 1998, at 4.40 p.m., in the region of border post "Gorozup", border stone D-5/1, a group of armed persons crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally from the territory of the Republic of Albania and opened fire on the Yugoslav border authorities. Fire was returned after which the group fled across the border of the Republic of Albania.

41. On 16 June 1998, at 3 p.m., in the region of border post "Kosare", border stone C-2, an armed terrorist group crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally from the Republic of Albania, not heeding the orders of the Yugoslav border authorities to stop. The border authorities killed one terrorist, while the rest of the group fled across the state border to the Republic of Albania. On the spot, at the side the killed terrorist there remained one submachine gun.

42. On 17 June 1998, at 3 p.m., in the region of border post "Šeravica", border stone C-1, an armed terrorist group crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally from the territory of the Republic of Albania and, coming across the Yugoslav border authorities, opened fire on them. The border authorities returned fire and killed 5 terrorists. The rest of the group withdrew to the territory of the Republic of Albania with fire support from the Albanian territory.

43. On 25 June 1998, at 7.45 a.m., in the region of border post "Kosare", border stone C-2, a terrorist group of 8 persons (nationals of the Republic of Albania) crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally from the Albanian territory and opened fire on the Yugoslav border authorities. They returned fire, killing two terrorists and capturing six terrorists and a larger quantity of weapons, ammunition and military equipment.

44. On 26 June 1998, at 11.20 a.m., in the region of border post "Kosare", the rest of the terrorist group, which was broken up on 25 June 1998, while crossing the Yugoslav-Albanian state border from the Republic of Albania, tried to cross the Yugoslav territory and enter the territory of the Republic of Albania. The Yugoslav border authorities ordered the group to stop but the latter, not heeding the orders, opened fire. Fire was returned and two terrorists were killed, including 20 horses and 2 mules. A larger quantity of weapons, ammunition and military equipment was captured on the spot.

45. On 28 June 1998, at 3.30 a.m., in the region of border post "M. Stojanovic", an armed terrorist group tried to cross from the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia to the territory of the Republic of Albania. It refused to stop on the orders of the Yugoslav border authorities which then opened fire and killed 2 horses, while 14 horses and a larger quantity of weapons, ammunition and military equipment were captured.

46. On 4 July 1998, at 10 a.m., in the region of border post "Kosare", border stones C-1 and C-2, a larger terrorist group tried to enter the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia illegally from the territory of the Republic of Albania. On the orders of the Yugoslav state authorities to stop, 1,000 m deep in the Yugoslav territory, they opened fire. Fire was returned and one terrorist was killed, while a larger quantity of weapons and military equipment was captured. In the same region, at 11 a.m., the entry of a larger number of draft animals, loaded with weapons, was prevented. On that occasion, 9 horses were killed and a larger quantity of weapons was captured.

47. On 7 July 1998, at 11 p.m., in the region of border post "Kosare", border stone C-1/5, about 200 m deep in the Yugoslav territory, a terrorist group with draft horses, which had entered from the territory of the Republic of Albania, opened fire on the Yugoslav border authorities. Fire was returned. On that occasion, one terrorist was captured, two horses were killed and a large quantity of weapons and military equipment was captured.

48. On 8 July 1998, at 0.30 a.m., in the region of border post "M. Stojanovic", border stone D-11, a group of 4-5 terrorists, which had come from the Republic of Albania, opened fire on the Yugoslav border authorities. Fire was returned and the terrorist group fled away. During the search of the area, larger quantities of weapons and military equipment were found.

49. On 9 July 1998, at 2.30 a.m., in the region of border post "Cafa Prusit", border stone C-13/3, three armed nationals of the Republic of Albania tried to cross the state border illegally and, about 3,000 m deep in the Yugoslav territory, on the orders of the border authorities to stop, immediately opened fire. Fire was returned and two persons were killed and the third one was lightly wounded.

50. On 9 July 1998, at 10 p.m., in the region of border post "Kosare", border stone C-1/5, a larger group of armed terrorists with draft horses tried to bring a larger quantity of weapons and military equipment into the Yugoslav state territory. On the orders to stop, it opened fire on the border authorities. This group had fire support from the territory of the Republic of Albania. The Yugoslav border authorities routed the terrorist group and on that occasion five terrorists were killed and a larger quantity of weapons and military equipment was captured.

51. On 10 July 1998, at 0.10 a.m., in the region of border post "Gorozup", a terrorist group, with fire support from the territory of the Republic of Albania, tried to enter the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia illegally. Fire was returned and the group was broken up.

52. On 10 July 1998, at 2.15 a.m., in the region of border post "Vrbnica", border stone D-10/6, an armed terrorist group entered the Yugoslav state territory from the territory of the Republic of Albania and, in the depth of 400 m, opened fire on the Yugoslav border authorities. Fire was returned and two terrorists were killed, while a larger quantity of weapons and military equipment was captured.

53. On 14 July 1998, at 1.15 a.m., in the region of border post "Deva", border stone C-12/13, two armed persons entered the Yugoslav territory illegally in the depth of 1,200 m. On the orders of the Yugoslav border authorities to stop, they opened fire. On that occasion, one terrorist was killed, one was wounded and their weapons were captured.

54. On 15 July 1998, at 12.30 p.m., in the region of border post "Šeravica", border stone B-30/6, terrorist groups on the territory of the Republic of Albania were observed. They were moving along the state border and opening fire on the Yugoslav border authorities.

55. On 16 July 1998, at 8 p.m., in the region of border post "Kosare, border stone C-2, a large group of people with terrorist escort tried to cross the state border. On the orders of the Yugoslav border authorities to stop, they opened fire. Fire was returned and four terrorists were killed. A British national, Sally Baker, and an Albanian woman with two children surrendered.

56. On 17 July 1998, at 11.30 a.m., in the region of border post "sara", border stone D-23/7, two terrorists crossed the Yugoslav state border and, 500 m deep in the Yugoslav territory, opened fire on the Yugoslav border authorities. The border authorities returned fire. On that occasion, one terrorist was wounded and fled to the territory of the Republic of Albania, while the other one was captured.

57. On 17 July 1998, at 11 p.m., in the region of border post "Orcusa", border stone D-16/4, a group of terrorists entered the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia and opened fire on the Yugoslav border authorities. The border authorities returned fire and prevented the incursion of the terrorists who fled to the territory of the Republic of Albania.

58. On 17 July 1998, at 8 p.m., in the region of border post "Morina", border stone C-4/6, fire was opened from the territory of the Republic of Albania on the Yugoslav border authorities.

59. On 18 July 1998, at 2 a.m., in the region of border posts "Šeravica" and "Kosara", between border stones C-1 and C-2, a large group of armed terrorists (700-800 persons) with loaded horses entered our territory in several columns and attacked our border authorities. The border authorities broke the terrorists into several smaller groups, killed 30 terrorists and captured a larger quantity of weapons and military equipment. A lance corporal of the Yugoslav Army was seriously wounded.

60. On 18 July 1998, at 1.30 p.m., in the region of border post "sara", border stone B/24, two armed terrorists crossed the Yugoslav state border and, in the depth of 300 m, not heeding the orders of the Yugoslav border authorities to stop, opened fire on the border authorities. Fire was returned. In this incident, a Yugoslav soldier was slightly wounded. The terrorists fled to the territory of the Republic of Albania.

61. On 19 July 1998, at 3.30 a.m., in the region of border post "Gorozup", border stone D-8, an armed terrorist group (10 persons) crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally from the territory of the Republic of Albania. Instead of stopping on the orders of the border authorities, it opened fire. The border authorities returned fire and the terrorists fled deep into the territory of the Republic of Albania. A larger quantity of various weapons, ammunition and military equipment was captured.

62. On 25 July 1998, at 9 p.m., in the region of border post "Vrbnica", border post D-9, the Yugoslav border authorities stopped a group of armed persons, who illegally crossed the border and immediately opened fire. The border authorities returned fire and the exchange of fire lasted about 10 minutes. Later on, at 9.15 p.m., from the territory of the Republic of Albania, in the region of border stone D-7/8, fire was opened on border post "Vrbnica" and the border authorities on the White Drim, as support to the terrorist group to cross the state border. Fire was opened from machine and submachine guns.

63. On 26 July 1998, at 2.10 a.m., in the region of border stone B-10/2, fire by bursts was opened a few times from the territory of the Republic of Albania on border post "Vrbnica", including the Customs House and the bunker next to it. On this occasion, the overhead power line was cut off, several bullets hit the building and damaged it, while some bullets lodged in the rampart in front of the shelter with border guards, thus threatening the lives of the border authorities and the border post.

64. On 27 July 1998, in the region of border post "Bogicevica", border stone B-28/III, armed persons in civilian clothes were observed on a few occasions. While moving in groups of two to four along the border, on the territory of the Republic of Albania, they were opening fire from automatic weapons on the FR of Yugoslavia and then withdrawing to the territory of the Republic of Albania. In the same region, six armed persons in civilian clothes were opening fire on summer pasture "Bogicevica" from automatic infantry weapons and then, at 6 p.m., five armed civilians crossed the Yugoslav state border, 800 m deep, and, very fast, drove about 40 sheep and 6 heads of cattle, which were grazing on this pasture, over the border to the territory of the Republic of Albania.

65. On 27 July 1998, at 6.45 p.m., in the region of border post "Zulfaj", border post C-14/XIV, an armed terrorist group crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border from the territory of the Republic of Albania and, 300 m deep in the Yugoslav territory, opened fire on the border authorities. The border authorities returned fire and the terrorists fled away.

66. On 28 July 1998, at 0.10, 2.00 and 3.00 a.m., in the region of border post "Vrbnica", border stone D-10/VI, an armed terrorist group tried to enter the Yugoslav state territory from the territory of the Republic of Albania a few times, but was prevented each time by the border authorities.

67. On 28 July 1998, at 1.00 a.m., in the region of border post "Milorad Stojanovic", border stone D-12/VII, an armed terrorist group entered the Yugoslav state territory from the territory of the Republic of Albania and, coming across the Yugoslav border authorities, opened fire. The border authorities returned fire and the terrorist group withdrew to the territory of the Republic of Albania, leaving behind its weapons and military equipment.

68. On 28 July 1998, at 1.30 p.m., in the region of border post "Grebaja", border stone B-15/XV, one national of the Republic of Albania crossed the Yugoslav-Albanian state border illegally and was captured by the border authorities. During the intervention, small-arms fire was opened on the border authorities from the territory of the Republic of Albania.

69. On 28 July 1998, at 3.00 p.m., in the region of border post "Milorad Stojanovic", an armed terrorist group (60 persons) entered the Yugoslav state territory from the territory of the Republic of Albania and opened fire on the state border authorities. The border authorities returned fire. In this incident, one Yugoslav Army officer was killed.

70. On 31 July 1998, at 6.45 p.m. fire was opened in bursts from the Albanian territory on a Yugoslav Army border patrol in the district covered by the Vusanje border post.

71. On 1 August 1998, at 5.30 a.m. a group of terrorists coming from Albania opened fire and tried to cross the border illegally near the border stone D-5 in the zone covered by the "Goro`up" border post, but they were prevented from doing so by the state border security authorities.

72. On 1 August 1998, near the border stone D-21 in the zone covered by the "Restelica" border post, an armed person coming from the Republic of Albania tried to enter the FR of Yugoslavia illegally. On being ordered to stop by the state border guards, he opened fire on them. The fire was returned and the terrorist was killed.

73. On 7 August 1998, at 3:30 a.m. near the A 2-3 border stone, in the zone covered by the "First Montenegrin Brigade of NL" border post, the state border guards encountered a group of armed persons who had entered the territory of the FRY illegally from the Republic of Albania. The group immediately fled back to the territory of the Republic of Albania, throwing away a part of their arms in the process. A machine gun, two submachine guns, two boxes of ammunition and other military equipment were seized on that occasion.

74. On 9 August 1998, at 1.30 a.m. near the border stone D-5/1 in the zone covered by the "Goro`up" border post, a terrorist group with 17 horses entered our territory 1200 metres in depth. Instead of stopping when ordered to do so by the state border guards, they opened fire on them. The fire was returned and a terrorist and five horses were killed, and 12 horses carrying a large quantity of arms and military equipment were seized.

75. On 9 August 1998, at 10.30 p.m. near the border stone B-29 in the zone covered by the "@ilovici" border post, the state border guards stopped a group of ten armed terrorists with 15-20 pack animals coming from the Republic of Albania. On being ordered to halt by the border guards, the terrorists opened fire. The fire was returned and a part of the terrorist group fled back to the territory of the Republic of Albania, while others went towards Mt. Bogicevica where they opened fire on the border guards in the zone covered by the "Bogicevica" border post. The fire was returned and the terrorists fled back to the territory of the Republic of Albania. A large quantity of arms and military equipment was seized.

76. On 16 August 1998, at 11.45 p.m. two rockets fired from a bazooka in the territory of the Republic of Albania in the direction of the border stone C-3/6 in the zone covered by the "Ko{are" border post (\akovica border guard unit), exploded near the latter.

77. On 17 August 1998, at 8.00 a.m. a soldier of the Republic of Albania coming from Albania entered the Yugoslav territory (10 metres) near the border stone C-4/6 in the zone covered by the "Morina" border post. When the state border guards came, he fired three shots on them and fled to a bunker in the territory of the Republic of Albania.

78. On 17 August 1998, at 11.00 p.m. near the D-4/5 border stone in the zone covered by the "Goro`up" border post, a terrorist group coming from the territory of the Republic of Albania entered the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia and having been ordered to halt by the border guards, they opened fire on the latter. The fire was returned and five terrorists were killed. Members of the Local Joint Commission visited the scene of the incident.

79. On 18 August 1998, at 9.30 a.m. near the C-2/12 border stone in the zone covered by the "Kosare" border post, fire from infantry weapons was opened on the Yugoslav border guards from the territory of the Republic of Albania. The fire was returned and the state border guards suffered no casualties.

80. On 18 August 1998, at 5.20 p.m. near the D-5/1 and D-5/3 border stones in the zone covered by the "Goro`up" border post, submachine gun fire was opened from the territory of the Republic of Albania on the state border guards. The fire was not returned.

81. On 19 August 1998, at 11.30 a.m. near the C-6/1 border stone in the zone covered by the "Morina" border stone, fire was opened from infantry weapons from the territory of the Republic of Albania on the Yugoslav state border guards.

82. On 19 August 1998, at 10.00. p.m. near the B-28/3 border stone in the zone covered by the "Bogicevica" border post, an armed terrorist group tried to enter the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia from the territory of the Republic of Albania. Having been ordered to halt by the border guards, the terrorists opened fire from infantry weapons. The fire was not returned.

83. On 24 August 1998, at 12.00 (noon), two shells were fired from the territory of the Republic of Albania, over the C-2/XII border stone, on the "Ko{are" border post. They exploded in the immediate vicinity of the latter. The Yugoslav border guards saw the group that fired the shells on our territory and returned fire. The incident was notified to the Local Joint Coommission-4.

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The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Tirane lodged written protests with the Albanian side about the mentioned border incidents on a number of occasions.

Some of these protest notes are enclosed:

1. Note No. 04509 of 23 April 1998

2. Note No. 01-80/98 of 24 April 1998

3. Note No. 6032 of 25 May 1998

4. Note No. K-450/5-98 of 18 June 1998

5. Note No. 8468 of 18 July 1998

6. Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of 12 August 1998

7. Weapons seized on 17/18 July 1998 when about 1000 terrorists entered the Yugoslav territory coming from Albania