UN extends mission in disputed Balkan peninsula for six months

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 14, 2000 -- (AFP) The UN Security Council voted to extend the presence of 27 military observers for six months in Prevlaka, a strategic peninsula on the Adriatic sea disputed by Yugoslavia and Croatia.

The UN Mission of Observers on Prevlaka (UNMOP) is in charge of supervising the demilitarization of the peninsula, which controls the access to the Adriatic sea from Montenegro, Serbia's smaller partner in what remains of Yugoslavia.

Prevlaka, located south of Dubrovnik, sits at the entryway to Kotor Bay, the site of an important Yugoslavian naval base.

The resolution was passed unanimously by the 15-member UN Security Council.

In a report to the Council, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan recommended an extension of the UN mandate by six months to maintain stability in the region and encourage the resumption of negotiations Belgrade and Zagreb on the disputed issue.

With the extension, the mission will remain in the region until January 15.

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