Insurgency in the Preševo Valley
|Preševo Valley Insurgency|
|Part of the aftermath of the Kosovo War|
|Liberation Army of Preševo, Medveđa and Bujanovac
|Commanders and leaders|
Ridvan Qazimi "Lleshi" †
(Second UÇPMB commander)
Pacir Shicri (POW)
| Slobodan Milošević
(President of FR Yugoslavia, 1999-2000)
(Second President of Yugoslavia, 2000-2001)
(Chief of the General Staff)
(General of the Army)
|1,600 insurgents|| 3,500 soldiers and policemen
100 JSO members
|Casualties and losses|
|27 insurgents killed
50 insurgents surrendered to KFOR
| 18 soldiers and policemen killed
68 soldiers and policemen wounded
|8 civilians killed
37 civilians wounded Two observers wounded
The Insurgency in the Preševo Valley was an armed conflict between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the ethnic-Albanian insurgents of the Liberation Army of Preševo, Medveđa and Bujanovac (UÇPMB). There were instances during the conflict during which the Yugoslav government requested KFOR support in suppressing UÇPMB attacks since they could only use lightly-armed military forces as part of the Kumanovo Treaty that ended the Kosovo War, which created a buffer zone so that the bulk of Yugoslav armed forces could not enter.
The Kosovo War was a parallel conflict between the Yugoslav Army and the Kosovo Liberation Army. It began in February 1998 and ended on 10 June 1999 when the Kumanovo Treaty was signed. According to the treaty, KFOR troops, supervised by the United Nations, would enter as a peacekeeping force, while Yugoslav military forces were to withdraw. It was agreed that the KLA would disband by 19 September 1999. The Preševo Valley conflict erupted on 12 June 1999.
The number of UÇPMB casualties have been debated. Five insurgents were killed according to the UÇPMB. The Yugoslav government, however, reported that 30-40 insurgents were killed. About 45 Albanian insurgents surrendered to KFOR.
Other casualties 
Two UN observers were wounded according to reports.
See also 
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- David Holley (25 May 2001). "Yugoslavia Occupies Last of Kosovo Buffer". LA Times. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- "Rebel Albanian chief surrenders". BBC News. May 26, 2001.
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- "Remembrance of the recent past". The Economist. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Serbs retake Kosovo buffer zone". BBC. 24 May 2001. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- Yugoslav troops advance in buffer zone, brace for backlash from top rebel's death, Stars and Stripes, May 26, 2001
- Number of Serbian soldiers in Presevo Valley during the conflict
- Kosovo Liberation Army: The Inside Story of an Insurgency, Henry H. Perritt
- Reflections on the Balkan Wars: Ten Years After the Break-up of Yugoslavia, Jeffrey S. Morton, Stefano Bianchini, Craig Nation, Paul Forage
- War in the Balkans, 1991-2002, R. Craig Nation
- Morton, Jeffrey S. (2004). Reflections on the Balkan Wars. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 57. ISBN 1-4039-6332-0.
- "Renewed clashes near Kosovo border". BBC News. January 28, 2001.
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- "KLA future in the balance". BBC News. September 7, 1999.
- "Uhapšeni Albanci otimali i kasapili Srbe". Večernje Novosti. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- "Serbian forces push rebels out of Albanian village". USA Today. 2 July 2001. Retrieved 5 May 2010.