Authorities in Macedonia say they have petitioned neighboring Kosovo for information on 70 criminal suspects.
Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska said she had taken the action following a shoot-out this week that left four gunmen dead and several large weapons seizures near the border with Kosovo.
Authorities say ethnic Albanian criminal gangs are using weapons hidden after a 2001 insurgency and may have taken refuge in Kosovo.
Kosovo's government has denied accusations that it tolerates suspected criminals.
compiled from agency reports