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NATO Officially Ends Air Campaign

June 20, 1999

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ NATO declared an end Sunday to the air campaign against Yugoslavia after receiving word all Serb forces had left Kosovo.

``I have accordingly decided to terminate with immediate effect the air campaign which I suspended on June 10,″ NATO Secretary General Javier Solana said in a statement.

The peace deal had been brokered between NATO and Yugoslav officials 10 days ago and had stipulated Serb forces had to be out of Kosovo by Sunday at midnight.

NATO’s 11-week bombing campaign had been suspended while the troops were pulling out of the Serbian province.

Sunday’s official ending of the air campaign came just hours after French President Jacques Chirac declared the Serb pullout complete _ 12 hours ahead of the deadline.

Solana said he had ``been informed by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe that all (Yugoslav) military and police forces have now departed Kosovo in compliance with the military technical agreement.″

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