AFP, April 28, 2001
Macedonian Security Forces Warn of Continued Tension
SKOPJE, Apr 28, 2001 -- (AFP)
Tensions are still strained
in Macedonia and the army has been told to take extra precautions in the lead
up to the May 1 celebrations, a press release from the defense ministry said
"The situation on the ground is always fragile and concrete tasks have been
assigned to units of security forces in case any violations are committed within
our borders," the press release said.
Fierce clashes between government forces and Albanian extremists erupted in
February and March, particularly in and around the northern towns of Tetovo,
Tanusevci and Kumanovo.
Inhabitants of these areas have been encouraged to forgo their traditional May 1
holidays in the region to avoid the risk of mines.
The army is also undertaking a mine clearance campaign following the recent
clashes, the press release said.
On March 31 authorities in Skopje announced they had neutralized the threat of
the Albanian guerillas, who were fighting for more national rights for the
Albanian community in Macedonia.