This entire carnage in Kosovo and Serbia began with the breakdown of talks in Rambouilet. Yet have any investigative reporters given a detailed account of the document? Any analysis?
Here are some of the provisions:
Article X: Control of Air Movements
The appropriate NATO commander shall have sole
authority to establish-rules and procedures governing
command and control of the airspace over Kosovo as well as
within a 25 kilometer Mutual Safety Zone (MSZ). This MSZ
shall consist of FRY airspace within 25 kilometers outward
from the boundary of Kosovo with other parts of the FRY.
This Chapter supersedes the NATO Kosovo Verification
Mission Agreement of October 12, 1998 on any matter or area
in which they may contradict each other. No military air
traffic, fixed or rotary wing, of any Party shall be
permitted to fly over Kosovo or in the MSZ without the
prior express approval of the appropriate NATO commander.
violations of any of the provisions above, including the
appropriate NATO commander's rules and procedures governing
the airspace over Kosovo, as well as unauthorized flight or
activation of FRY Integrated Air Defense (IADS) within the
MSZ, shall be subject to military action by the KFOR,
including the use of necessary force. The KFOR shall have
a liaison team at the FRY Air Force HQ and a YAADF liaison
shall be established with the KFOR. The Parties understand
and agree that the appropriate NATO commander may delegate
control of normal civilian air activities to appropriate
FRY institutions to monitor operations, deconflict KFOR air
traffic movements, and ensure smooth and safe operation of
the air traffic system.
Appendix B: Status of Multi-National Military
7. NATO personnel shall be immune from any form of arrest,
investigation, or detention by the authorities in the
FRY. NATO personnel erroneously arrested or detained
shall immediately be turned over to NATO authorities.
8. NATO personnel shall enjoy, together with their
vehicles, vessels, aircraft, and equipment, free and
unrestricted passage and unimpeded access throughout the
FRY including associated airspace and territorial
waters. This shall include, but not be limited to, the
right of bivouac, maneuver, billet, and utilization of
any areas or facilities as required for support,
training, and operations.
9. NATO shall be exempt from duties, taxes, and other
charges and inspections and custom regulations including
providing inventories or other routine customs
documentation, for personnel, vehicles, vessels,
aircraft, equipment, supplies, and provisions entering,
exiting, or transiting the territory of the FRY in
support of the Operation.
10. The authorities in the FRY shall facilitate, on a
priority basis and with all appropriate means, all
movement of personnel, vehicles, vessels, aircraft,
equipment, or supplies, through or in the airspace,
ports, airports, or roads used. No charges may be
assessed against NATO for air navigation, landing, or
takeoff of aircraft, whether government-owned or
chartered. Similarly, no duties, dues, tolls or
charges may be assessed against NATO ships, whether
government-owned or chartered, for the mere entry and
exit of ports. Vehicles, vessels, and aircraft used
in support of the operation shall not be subject to
licensing or registration requirements, nor commercial
11. NATO is granted the use of airports, roads, rails, and
ports without payment of fees, duties, dues, tolls, or
charges occasioned by mere use. NATO shall not,
however, claim exemption from reasonable charges for
specific services requested and received, but
operations/movement and access shall not be allowed to
be impeded pending payment for such services.
12. NATO personnel shall be exempt from taxation by the
Parties on the salaries and emoluments received from
NATO and on any income received from outside the FRY.
13. NATO personnel and their tangible moveable property
imported into, acquired in, or exported from the FRY
shall be exempt from all duties, taxes, and other
charges and inspections and custom regulations.
14. NATO shall be allowed to import and to export, free of
duty, taxes and other charges, such equipment,
provisions, and supplies as NATO shall require for the
operation, provided such goods are for the official
use of NATO or for sale to NATO personnel. Goods sold
shall be solely for the use of NATO personnel and not
transferable to unauthorized persons.
15. The Parties recognize that the use of communications
channels is necessary for the Operation. NATO shall
be allowed to operate its own internal mail services.
The Parties shall, upon simple request, grant all
telecommunications services, including broadcast
services, needed for the Operation, as determined by
NATO. This shall include the right to utilize such
means and services as required to assure full ability
to communicate, and the right to use all of the
electromagnetic spectrum for this purpose, free of
cost. In implementing this right, NATO shall make
every reasonable effort to coordinate with and take
into account the needs and requirements of appropriate
authorities in the FRY.
16. The Parties shall provide, free of cost, such public
facilities as NATO shall require to prepare for and
execute the Operation. The Parties shall assist NATO
in obtaining, at the lowest rate, the necessary
utilities, such as electricity, water, gas and other
resources, as NATO shall require for the Operation.
17. NATO and NATO personnel shall be immune from claims of
any sort which arise out of activities in pursuance of
the operation; however, NATO will entertain claims on
an ex gratia basis.
18. NATO shall be allowed to contract directly for the
acquisition of goods, services, and construction from
any source within and outside the FRY. Such
contracts, goods, services, and construction shall not
be subject to the payment of duties, taxes, or other
charges. NATO may also carry out construction works
with their own personnel.
19. Commercial undertakings operating in the FRY only in
the service of NATO shall be exempt from local laws
and regulations with respect to the terms and
conditions of their employment and licensing and
registration of employees, businesses, and
20. NATO may hire local personnel who on an individual
basis shall remain subject to local laws and
regulations with the exception of labor/employment
laws. However, local personnel hired by NATO shall:
a. be immune from legal process in respect of words
spoken or written and all acts performed by them in
their official capacity;
b. be immune from national services and/or national
military service obligations;
c. be subject only to employment terms and
conditions established by NATO; and
d. be exempt from taxation on the salaries and
emoluments paid to them by NATO.
21. In carrying out its authorities under this Chapter,
NATO is authorized to detain individuals and, as
quickly as possible, turn them over to appropriate
22. NATO may, in the conduct of the Operation, have need
to make improvements or modifications to certain
infrastructure in the FRY, such as roads, bridges,
tunnels, buildings, and utility systems. Any such
improvements or modifications of a non-temporary
nature shall become part of and in the same ownership
as that infrastructure. Temporary improvements or
modifications may be removed at the discretion of the
NATO Commander, and the infrastructure returned to as
near its original condition as possible, fair wear and
23. Failing any prior settlement, disputes with the regard
to the interpretation or application of this Appendix
shall be settled between NATO and the appropriate
authorities in the FRY.
24. Supplementary arrangements with any of the Parties may
be concluded to facilitate any details connected with
25. The provisions of this Appendix shall remain in force
until completion of the Operation or as the Parties
and NATO otherwise agree.
Is this a "negotiation" or terms of surrendor?
The entire document (from Le Monde) can be found here>