After laying the wreath, Aleksandar Vučić talked to the veterans of the Battle of Košare, who also laid the wreath at the monument, and thanked them for everything they did for the homeland.
“If we haven’t done anything else, at least today we can talk about those who died and your role,” Vucic shared that fact with the veterans.
He added that he would like to see them again around Vidovdan and to discuss everything in detail, so that they can see what else can be done for them, but, as he said, something that is real, and not what is not possible.
“But, when I see you, I get extra energy to fight for Serbia even harder with at least that little risk,” said Vucic, adding: “I thank you endlessly for the part you gave to Serbia and let’s try not to forget it together.”
We must not allow that, the fighters from Košar replied.
“Glory to all your fallen heroes. I wish you all the best, and now I am going to Brussels,” said Vucic.
Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans’ Affairs and Social Affairs Darija Kisić Tepavčević also laid a wreath with the President
A monument to the heroes from Košar was erected last year in a park near the KBC “Dr Dragiša Mišović”.
On this day 22 years ago, the battle of Košare ended, during which members of the army of FR Yugoslavia defended the state border for 67 days and prevented the ground invasion of the terrorist KLA from Albania into the territory of Serbia.
The names of 108 soldiers, non-commissioned officers, officers, reservists and volunteers who died in 1999 at the Kosara watchtower are engraved on the pedestal.
The author of the monument, sculptor Misha Rogan, showed the act of heroism of officers and soldiers who gave their lives defending the homeland.
The battle began on April 9, 1999
The battle of Košare began on April 9, 1999, when members of the terrorist KLA, with the help of NATO aviation, tried to carry out a ground invasion through the watchtower on the watchtower on the Yugoslav-Albanian border in the Junički mountains.
The part of the state border around the Kosara watchtower was protected by about 100 members of the 53rd Border Battalion, who opposed a tenfold stronger enemy during the first two days of fighting.
A platoon of military police soon arrived to help the border guards, but the attack was violent and KLA forces managed to take the positions of Rasa Kosarez and Maja Glava, points from which every movement towards the border line was controlled, and they also occupied the watchtower building.
With the arrival of the members of the 125th Motorized Brigade, a line of defense was formed, which prevented further penetration of the enemy.
In the following days, the army tried to regain Rasa Kosarez and Maja Glava, and members of the 72nd Special and 63rd Parachute Brigades joined them.
The front line was stabilized, and the fighting did not abate.
The fighting in Košare lasted until June 14, 1999, when the Yugoslav Army withdrew from Kosovo and Metohija after the Kumanovo Agreement.