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Official Pentagon statement on captured Yugoslav soldier

April 16, 1999
Web posted at: 8:46 p.m. EDT (0046 GMT)

(CNN) -- Kosovo Liberation Army forces captured a Yugoslav army officer during a night operation 13-14 April, 1999 near Junik, Kosovo.

He was subsequently delivered to the Albanian government, and on 16 April, he was delivered to U.S. custody. Today (Friday) he was flown on a U.S. helicopter from northern Albania to Tirana where he is currently under the control of U.S. military authorities.

The soldier is being treated as a prisoner of war (POW), and has been afforded rights as a POW under the provisions of the Third Geneva Convention of 1949.

He has been examined by a qualified medical doctor to ascertain any combat-related or other injuries, and was found to be in good condition.

In addition to the food, shelter and medical care being provided, religious counseling is being coordinated for him, and arrangements have been made for a visit by a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

During his captivity, the Yugoslav officer will enjoy all the protections and rights accorded by the Geneva Conventions, including the right to send and receive mail, to communicate any complaints, receive medical care, and to have his habits, customs, and religious practices respected.

Prisoners of war are entitled to release and repatriation, without delay, upon agreement or after the cessation of active hostilities. We will continue to monitor his condition.

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Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites
  • Kosovo

  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from

  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis

  • Kosovar doctor helps refugees one at a time
  • Mercy International USA
  • Donations for Kosovo Refugees
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Unicef USA
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • World Vision
  • CARE: The Kosovo Crisis
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Disaster Relief from
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page

  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

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