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Yugoslavia: Demilitarization Deadline Postponed

Pristina, Yugoslavia; 20 September 1999 (RFE/RL) - The commander of the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo says the demilitarization of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) has been delayed for 48 hours. General Michael Jackson said today in Pristina that the UCK has been granted the extra time to fulfill the conditions of its agreed demilitarization. Jackson, and Bernard Kouchner, the head of the UN mission in Kosovo, met through the night with UCK political leader Hashim Thaci and military chief General Agim Ceku, but failed to reach an agreement. A deadline for the disarmament and demilitarization of the UCK expired at midnight. By the deadline, the UCK troops were to have removed their uniforms, handed in the last of their weapons, and, for the most part, returned to civilian life. The new deadline is midnight Tuesday.