WEAPONS COLLECTION PLAN CONCEPT
Prior to Phase 1
NLA has provided the NATO Appointed Facilitator
an initial estimate that they have approximately 2300 weapons and
has informed him that a detailed breakdown of all weapons, ammunition,
mines and explosives will be provided to TFH during phase 1.
NLA identifies specific preferred collection sites
which would facilitate their turning-in of the weapons/ammunition
Task Force Harvest (TFH) forces arrive in theatre
Task Force Harvest Liaison Teams (HLT) deploy to
conduct coordination and liaison with MVR/ARM and NLA as an enabling
force for TFH.
TFH and HLTs will be provided complete freedom
of movement throughout the Republic as necessary to accomplish their
The NLA and FYROM security forces remove all mines,
improvised explosive devices, and unexploded ordnance where possible
and identify to HLT any such ordnance that NLA and FYROM Security
Forces can not remove.
NLA provides a detailed list of all weapons, ammunition,
mines and explosives that it holds broken down by type and unit.
NLA forces remain within existing locations, and
begin preparations for handing in weapons.
ARM re-deploys all tanks, vehicles with crew-served
weapon systems, and all indirect fire weapon systems to barracks.
MVR returns all vehicles with crew-served weapons
systems to barracks.
ARM ceases all military flight operations, not
approved by TFH for the duration of the operation.
TFH, utilising HLT as liaison with NLA, conducts
detailed recce in NLA areas in order that TFH Bde can identify and
select weapons collection sites.
TFH Bde completes tactical planning.
Weapons/ammunition collection sites will be located
in areas where NLA have been operating. Five general areas are foreseen
for TFH collection efforts, in the vicinities of Kumanovo, Raduce,
Tetovo, Gostivar, and Debar.
The number and specific locations of weapon collection
sites will be determined by TFH.
TFH opens/operates weapons/ammunition collection
sites in accordance with plans refined in phase 1. Collection efforts
will begin approximately 10-14 days after TFH arrives in country,
and are foreseen to be on a rotation basis of three times in each
of the five collection areas. The EEAGs will provide a minimum of
one third of the weapons/ammunition they hold in each area each time
a site is opened, resulting in a total collection of 100% of the NLA
Collected weapons and ammunition are removed from
the collection sites under TFH escort and destroyed by NATO.
Unstable ammunition and weapon systems are destroyed
in place by TFH.
TFH will provide regular reports to the FYROM MoD
of weapons and ammunition collected from the NLA.
TFH will declare the boundaries of its collection
areas, and these will be off-limits to all ARM/MVR forces until TFH
declares an area closed, or the boundaries changed.
TFH will coordinate with international organizations
regarding weapons/ammunition collection and destruction operations.
TFH will coordinate access for accredited media
correspondents to observe TFH operations.
NLA personnel will have access to collection sites
only for the purpose of turning-in weapons/ammunition. All access
to collection sites will be controlled by TFH.
TFH recovers to concentration areas for redeployment
out of theatre.
Upon completion of weapons/ammunition collection
and subject to COMTFH approval, the ARM/MVR resume normal peacetime
duties and training throughout the crisis area.
(Original initialled A.A)
ARM - Armija na
Republika Makedonija, Macedonian Army
Bde - Brigade
COMTFH - Commander Task Force Harvest
EEAGs - Extremist Armed
FYROM - Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia
HLT - (Task Force) Harvest
MVR - Ministerstvo na vnatresnji raboti, Macedonian Interior
MoD - Ministry of Defense
NLA - National Liberation
Army, ethnic Albanian guerrilla force.
TFH - Task
Force Harvest, Operation Essential Harvest NATO troops