Insurgency in the Preševo Valley
|Preševo Valley Insurgency|
|Part of the aftermath of the Kosovo War|
|Commanders and leaders|
| Muhamet Xhemajli
Ridvan Qazimi Lleshi †
| 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 in 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 in 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.
Two UN observers were wounded according to reports.
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