NATO for Former Republic of Macedonia (NATO-FYROM)
Insurgents agreed to the weapons collection plan and to voluntarily hand-in their weapons. Part of this plan was a list of weapons and ammunition which the insurgents committed to provide as one of their obligations as a confidence-building measure and one element of a broader peace plan proposed by President Trajkovski. TFH accepted what was passed in within the established timeframe. In accordance with the agreement between the ethnic Albanian insurgents and the government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, it was the responsibility of the insurgents to de-mine weapons caches and bring any hidden weapons to the collection sites. TFH’s only mandate was to collect weapons that were voluntarily turned in by the armed extremists; the responsibility to ensure a safe and secure environment remained with the government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
(1) Turkey Recognizes Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.
ELIGIBILITY & CRITERIA
Awarded for twenty five days continuous or accumulated service on the land, or in the air space of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for service time that includes dates between:
1 June 2001 and 27 August 2001, during the period prior to OP ESSENTIAL HARVEST and between; and
27 August 2001 and 27 September 2001, during the period of OP ESSENTIAL HARVEST.
Awarded for thirty days continuous or accumulated service on the land, or in the air space of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia between 27 September 2001 and 31 December 2002.
This medal was replaced by the Non-Article 5 NATO Medal for Operations in the Balkans on 1 January 2003.
Personnel arriving in theatre before 3 December 2002 count their time towards this medal and its associated tour numerals until the end of the deployment. Personnel arriving in-theatre on or after 3 December 2002 count their time towards the Non-Article 5 NATO Medal for Operations in the Balkans. No personnel can receive the two medals for the same deployment regardless of its duration.