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Serbia: NATO's Stoltenberg announces removal of Serbia airspace restrictions01:33

Serbia: NATO's Stoltenberg announces removal of Serbia airspace restrictions

Serbia, Belgrade
November 20, 2015 at 14:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg and Serbia Prime Aleksander Vucic held a joint press conference in Belgrade, Friday.

During the press conference, Stoltenberg announced that the Kosovo Force (KFOR) had "fully relaxed the air safety zone" in place since 1999. "This is a very concrete expression of the improved relationship between NATO and Serbia, meaning that the restrictions which have been imposed on parts of Serbia's airspace since 1999 is now lifted," Stoltenberg stated.

"This decision was taken following Serbia's commitment to the normalisation of the Balkan airspace. This is a significant step toward the full integration of the region into European airspace, and we will continue the normalisation," he added.

Discussing NATO's Operation Allied Force, when the alliance launched an air campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999, Stoltenberg said: "During the NATO air campaign we made every effort to prevent the loss of innocent lives. Any loss of innocent lives in 1999 was a tragedy and I deeply regret it."

Serbia: NATO's Stoltenberg announces removal of Serbia airspace restrictions01:33
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Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg and Serbia Prime Aleksander Vucic held a joint press conference in Belgrade, Friday.

During the press conference, Stoltenberg announced that the Kosovo Force (KFOR) had "fully relaxed the air safety zone" in place since 1999. "This is a very concrete expression of the improved relationship between NATO and Serbia, meaning that the restrictions which have been imposed on parts of Serbia's airspace since 1999 is now lifted," Stoltenberg stated.

"This decision was taken following Serbia's commitment to the normalisation of the Balkan airspace. This is a significant step toward the full integration of the region into European airspace, and we will continue the normalisation," he added.

Discussing NATO's Operation Allied Force, when the alliance launched an air campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999, Stoltenberg said: "During the NATO air campaign we made every effort to prevent the loss of innocent lives. Any loss of innocent lives in 1999 was a tragedy and I deeply regret it."

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