Serb troops have 11 days to withdraw
June 9, 1999
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. officials tell CNN the military agreement for an end to the Kosovo conflict allows 11 days for Yugoslavia to withdraw its forces from Kosovo, and requires Serb forces to turn over documents detailing the location of land mines and other explosive devices.
Officials also said the Clinton administration has received fresh assurances in recent hours that China will not use its veto authority in the United Nations Security Council. The Kosovo peacekeeping force is poised to deploy immediately after U.N. approval is given.
Other key points of the agreement, according to these officials, include:
--Yugoslav forces have 24 hours to completely withdraw from one of the designated military zones within Kosovo as a test of compliance.
--Yugoslav forces have 24 hours to end all military flights over Kosovo airspace.
--Yugoslav forces have 24 hours to end all use of air defenses, radar, and surface-to-air missile systems.
--Yugoslav forces have three days to withdraw all anti-aircraft artillery, surface-to-air missiles and aircraft from Kosovo.
--Yugoslav forces have 48 hours to turn over to NATO all records indicating the placement of land mines, explosive devices, unexploded ordinance, obstructions and booby traps in Kosovo.
The agreement also allows what two U.S. officials said is "several hundred" Serb military personnel to ultimately return to Kosovo for what one called "very narrow purposes," such as patrolling borders, monitoring sensitive religious and historic sites and, most importantly, to assist NATO military planners with the demarcation and removal of minefields.
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