Administration of George W. Bush, 2001 / May 18
are proud to stand, too, with those who remarks, he referred to Secretary of Housing
are suffering and dying in jails because they and Urban Development Mel R. Martinez;
had the courage to speak the truth. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and
Y aqui en este Casa Blanca, estamos Lincoln Diaz-Balart; entertainers Gloria and
felices de cultivar ‘‘una rosa blanca en Julio Emilio Estefan and their daughter, Emily
como en Enero.’’ Y por fin, viva Cuba libre. Marie; poet Angel Cuadra; musician Lizebet
Thank you all. Martinez; singer Jon Secada; and President
Fidel Castro of Cuba.
NOTE: The President spoke at 3:30 p.m. in
the East Room at the White House. In his
Letter to Congressional Leaders Reporting on the Deployment of United
States Military Personnel as Part of the Kosovo International Security
May 18, 2001
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) the work of the U.N. Interim Administra-
On December 18, 2000, then-President tion Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).
Clinton provided a report to the Congress Currently, the U.S. contribution to
regarding the continued deployment of KFOR in Kosovo is approximately 6,000
combat-equipped U.S. military personnel as U.S. military personnel. An additional 500
the U.S. contribution to the NATO-led U.S. military personnel are deployed as the
international security force in Kosovo National Support Element in Macedonia,
(KFOR) and to other countries in the re- with an occasional presence in Albania and
gion in support of that force. I am pro- Greece. In the last 6 months, all 19 NATO
viding this supplemental report, consistent nations and 21 others, including Russia,
with the War Powers Resolution, to help have provided military personnel and other
ensure that the Congress is kept fully in- support personnel to KFOR in Kosovo and
formed on continued U.S. contributions in other countries in the region.
support of peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo. In Kosovo, the U.S. forces are assigned
As noted in previous reports, the U.N. to a sector principally centered upon
Security Council authorized member states Gnjilane in the eastern portion of Kosovo.
to establish KFOR in U.N. Security Coun- For U.S. KFOR forces, as for KFOR gen-
cil Resolution 1244 of June 10, 1999. The erally, maintaining a safe and secure envi-
mission of KFOR is to provide a military ronment remains the primary military task.
presence in order to deter renewed hos- United States forces conduct security pa-
tilities; verify and, if necessary, enforce the trols in urban areas and in the countryside
Terms of the Military Technical Agreement throughout their sector. Approximately 79
(MTA) between NATO and the Federal percent of KFOR soldiers are dedicated to
Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY); enforce the patrolling, manning checkpoints, and
terms of the Undertaking on Demilitariza- mounting border and boundary patrols. The
tion and Transformation of the former KFOR forces operate under NATO com-
Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA); provide mand and control and rules of engagement.
day-to-day operational direction to the The UNMIK continues to make progress
Kosovo Protection Corps; and maintain a in establishing the necessary structures for
safe and secure environment to facilitate provisional democratic self-government in
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