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H.Con.Res. 42 (106th): Peacekeeping Operations in Kosovo Resolution


The text of the resolution below is as of Mar 11, 1999 (Passed the House).


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106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. CON. RES. 42


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This resolution may be cited as the ‘Peacekeeping Operations in Kosovo Resolution’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress makes the following findings:

      (1) The conflict in Kosovo has caused great human suffering and, if permitted to continue, could threaten the peace of Europe.

      (2) The Government of Serbia and representatives of the people of Kosovo may agree in Rambouillet, France, to end the conflict in Kosovo.

      (3) Former Senator Robert Dole recently traveled to the region to meet with the Kosovar Albanians and deliver a message from President Clinton encouraging all parties to reach an agreement to end the conflict in Kosovo.

      (4) Representatives of the Government of Serbia and representatives of the Kosovar Albanians are scheduled to reconvene in France on March 15, 1999.

      (5) President Clinton has promised to deploy approximately 4,000 United States Armed Forces personnel to Kosovo as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) peacekeeping operation implementing a Kosovo peace agreement.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR DEPLOYMENT OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES TO KOSOVO.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Subject to the limitations in subsection (b) the President is authorized to deploy United States Armed Forces personnel to Kosovo as part of a NATO peacekeeping operation implementing a Kosovo peace agreement.

    (b) REPORTS TO CONGRESS- The President should, before ordering the deployment of any United States Armed Forces personnel to Kosovo do each of the following:

      (1) Personally and in writing submit to the Congress--

        (A) a detailed statement explaining the national interest of the United States at risk in the Kosovo conflict; and

        (B) a certification to the Congress that all United States Armed Forces personnel so deployed pursuant to subsection (a) will be under the operational control only of United States Armed Forces military officers.

      (2) Submit to the Congress a detailed report that--

        (A) in classified and unclassified form addresses the amount and nature of the military resources of the United States, in both personnel and equipment, that will be required for such deployment;

        (B) outlines and explains the military exit strategy that would control the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces personnel from Kosovo;

        (C) certifies the chain of command for any such deployed United States Armed Forces personnel; and

        (D) provides the percentage of United States Armed Forces participating in any NATO deployment in the Kosovo peacekeeping operation, including ground troops, air support, logistics support, and intelligence support, compared to the other NATO nations participating in that operation.

      (3) Submit to the Congress a detailed report that--

        (A) in classified and unclassified form addresses the impact on military readiness of such deployment;

        (B) provides the timeframe in which withdrawal of all United States Armed Forces personnel from Kosovo could reasonably be expected;

        (C) in classified and unclassified form provides an unambiguous explanation of the rules of engagement under which all United States Armed Forces personnel participating in the Kosovo NATO peacekeeping operation shall operate; and

        (D) in classified and unclassified form provides the budgetary impact for fiscal year 1999 and each fiscal year thereafter for the next five fiscal years on the Department of Defense, and each of the military services in particular; on the Intelligence Community; and on the Department of State as a result of any such deployment.

      (4) Submit in classified form, to the Speaker, the Minority Leader, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives; and the Majority and Minority Leaders, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Armed Services Committee of the Senate, a detailed report that addresses the threats attendant to any such deployment and the nature and level of force protection required for such deployment.

      (5) Submit to the Speaker, Minority Leader, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives; and the Majority and Minority Leaders and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate a detailed report that addresses--

        (A) any intelligence sharing arrangement that has been established as a result of the Kosovo peace agreement;

        (B) the intelligence sharing arrangement that currently exists within NATO and how such arrangement would be modified, if at all, in the Kosovo context; and

        (C) whether Russian participation in a Kosovo peacekeeping deployment alongside NATO forces will affect, impede, or hinder any such intelligence sharing arrangement.

      (6) Submit to the Congress a detailed report on the scope of the mission of the United States Armed Forces personnel.

      (7) Submit to the Congress a detailed report prepared by the Secretary of State that--

        (A) outlines and explains the diplomatic exit strategy that would control the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces personnel from Kosovo;

        (B) outlines and explains the means and methodologies by which verification of compliance with the terms of any Kosovo peace agreement will be determined; and

        (C) in classified and unclassified form, explains the terms and conditions included in any peace agreement reached with respect to the Kosovo conflict. Such report should include--

          (i) a detailed discussion and explanation of any side agreement, whether or not all parties to the overall peace agreement are aware of the side agreement;

          (ii) a detailed discussion and explanation of any obligations of the United States arising from the peace agreement, including any such obligations with respect to the introduction of weapons into Kosovo and Serbia;

          (iii) a detailed discussion and explanation of any military arrangements, in addition to the NATO deployment, to which the United States has agreed to undertake as a result of the Kosovo peace agreement;

          (iv) a detailed discussion and explanation of the funding source for any future plebiscite or referendum on independence for Kosovo; and

          (v) a detailed discussion and explanation of any requirement for forces participating in the NATO peacekeeping operation implementing the peace agreement to enforce any provision of such peace agreement.

SEC. 4. LIMITATION.

    The authorization in section 3 is subject to the limitation that the number of United States Armed Forces personnel participating in a deployment described in that section may not exceed 15 percent of the total NATO force deployed to Kosovo in the peacekeeping operation described in that section, except that such percentage may be exceeded if the President determines that United States forces or United States citizens are in danger and notifies Congress of that determination.

Passed the House of Representatives March 11, 1999.

Attest:

Clerk.