SKOPJE - Chief NLO Skopje, Capt (N) Rumen
Radev attended the roundtable which was organized to mark the signing of the
Ohrid Framework Agreement (OFA), and addressed the audience, on August 13, 2015. The
roundtable was in organization of the Government Secretariat for the
Implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement which is headed by Deputy PM
Musa Xhaferi from DUI, and participants were Deputy PM for European Affairs
Fatmir Besimi, Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki, Interior minister Mitko Cavkov,
Minister of Justice Adnan Xhaferi and other Government and Political
representatives, Ambassadors, Analysts and NGOs.
In his address, Chief NLO
Skopje noted the role that NATO had in 2001 in the implementation of the Ohrid
Framework Agreement as well as spoke on the importance of the OFA for the
country and its relevance for Euro-Atlantic integrations.
NATO played an important role in
the country in 2001 when the Ohrid Framework Agreement was signed. The Alliance
engaged in three separate operations to quell tensions in the country.
Operation Essential Harvest (22 August – 26 September 2001) helped to disarm
NLA. Operation Amber Fox (27 September 2001 – 15 December 2002) ensured the
protection of international monitors from the EU and the OSCE who oversaw the
implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement. Operation Allied Harmony (16
December 2002 – 31 March 2003) provided continued support for the international
monitors and assisted the government in taking ownership of security throughout
the country. NATO, through its special representative Mr. Pieter Feith,
negotiated the cease fire and amnesty agreements with the NLA in the field.
Today, the Alliance maintains a
Liaison Mission in Skopje that provides support to the country in security
sector reforms and on its way towards NATO integration. NATO and NLO Skopje are
widely perceived in the HN as one of the guarantors of the OFA and overall of
the security of the country.