Nebojša Pavković

Nebojša Pavković
Born (1946-04-10) 10 April 1946
Senjski Rudnik, Despotovac, PR Serbia, DF Yugoslavia
Allegiance SFR Yugoslavia (1970–1992)
FR Yugoslavia (1992–2002)
Service/branch Yugoslav People's Army (1970–1992)
Yugoslav Army (1992–2002)
Years of service 1970–2002
Rank Colonel General
Battles/wars Kosovo War (1998-99)
Insurgency in the Preševo Valley (1999-2001)
Awards Order of Freedom

Nebojša Pavković (Serbian Cyrillic: Небојша Павковић; born 10 April 1946) was Chief of the General Staff of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 2009, he was convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of committing crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Kosovo War.


Nebojša Pavković was born in the village of Senjski Rudnik (Despotovac municipality) on 10 April 1946. He finished teacher training college in Aleksinac in 1966, and was conscripted into the Yugoslav People's Army (Serbo-Croatian: Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, JNA) on 20 July 1970. Pavković graduated from the Military Academy in Belgrade in 1970, finished junior officers' school in 1982 and senior officers' school in 1988. He served as a battalion commander within the 10th Infantry Brigade and later headed the 16th Proletarian Infantry Regiment. From 1988 to 1989, he was the commander of the 16th Motorized Brigade. Between 1988 and 1993, he held several posts in the Federal Secretariat for National Defence.[1]

When the conflict in Kosovo began Pavković was the commander of the Third Army. He was promoted in rank Major General in 1996, Lieutenant General in 1998, Colonel General in 1999. For success as commander leadership he received numerous medals and awards, Slobodan Milošević awarded him Medal of Freedom for commanding the Third Army during NATO's Operation Allied Force. After 5 October 2000 Pavković remained at his position as Chief of General Staff until Vojislav Koštunica, President at the time, removed him from his position the 24 July 2002. His Godfather is Ljubiša Baković.


On 25 April 2005 Pavković was surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague where he was charged with committing crimes against humanity and war crimes during the Kosovo War. [2][3] On 26 February 2009, the ICTY convicted Pavković of the charges and sentenced him to 22 years in prison.[4]


  1. B92 10 September 2002.
  2. Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite
  3. Podaci o predmetu Pavkovic i drugi (IT-03-70) Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite
  4. "Kosovo trial clears Serbia leader". BBC News. 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-02-13. Retrieved 26 February 2009.


Military offices
Preceded by
Dragoljub Ojdanić
Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army
7 February 2000 – 24 June 2002
Succeeded by
Branko Krga
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