Over the past week there has been a great deal
of speculation over the fate of Macedonia after NATO’s mission
ends on 26 September. The European Union, Russia and NATO have
all offered different solutions varying from a military force
staying in Macedonia under a United Nations mandate to an
extension of NATO’s mission.
Macedonia’s Security Council met on Wednesday (12
September) to discuss the possibility of a UN force being
deployed along Macedonia’s borders with Kosovo and Albania.
The council noted that such a deployment would require
consultation with the UN Security Council.
NATO’s mission to collect arms from
ethnic Albanians is going according to plans. Approximately
two thirds of the weapons have been handed in, and the
Macedonian parliament is due to resume debating the
constitutional and legislative changes. However, one third
of the rifles and other field weapons so far collected by
NATO troops do not work and may not have been used in
recent fighting, according to military sources.