Paramilitary Groups: Ohrid Agreement

2. Cessation of Hostilities

2.1. The parties underline the importance of the commitments of 5 July 5, 2001. There shall be a complete cessation of hostilities, complete voluntary disarmament of the ethnic Albanian armed groups and their complete voluntary disbandment. They acknowledge that a decision by NATO to assist in this context will require the establishment of a general, unconditional and open-ended cease-fire, agreement on a political solution to the problems of this country, a clear commitment by the armed groups to voluntarily disarm, and acceptance by all the parties of the conditions and limitations under which the NATO forces will operate.

Implementation History

2001

Full Implementation

The framework agreement called for a voluntary disbandment of the Albanian rebel group National Liberation Army (NLA) by 5 July 2001. This disbandment did not happen within the stipulated time frame. However, once NATO’s weapon collection goal was met in September 2001, the NLA leader Ali Ahmeti, on 27 September, said in a press conference that the Ethnic Albanian rebels in Macedonia had formally disbanded and returned to their normal lives. He also invited the Macedonian police to enter former NLA-controlled areas.1

  • 1. "Rebels in Macedonia officially disband," Agence France Presse, September 27, 2001.
2002

Full Implementation

NLA was formally disbanded in September 2001. Its members returned to their normal lives. 

2003

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2004

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2005

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2006

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2007

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2008

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2009

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2010

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.