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Under the authority of the United Nations (UN Security Council Resolution 1244) NATO has been leading a Peace Support Operation in Kosovo since June 1999 in support of wider International efforts to build Peace and Stability in the area.
The Operational Mission:
- Contribute to a safe and secure environment
- Support and coordinate the international humanitarian effort and civil presence
- Support the development of a stable, democratic, multi-ethnic and peaceful Kosovo
- Support the development of the Kosovo Security Force
Today, approximately 5,000 Troops from the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR), provided by 31 countries (23 NATO and 8 KFOR partners) continue to contribute towards maintaining a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all citizens, irrespective of their ethnic origin.
The HQ of KFOR is located at Camp Film City, Pristina under the authority of rotating Commander of KFOR (COMKFOR) 2016 © KFOR
KFOR, EULEX, KP in Exercise Silver Sabre-2
The multinational Exercise Silver Sabre-2 was executed from November 21 -26 at Camp Film City, Camp Vrelo and Camp Pomazatin with the joint Forces of: NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR), the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX), Kosovo Police (KP) and the Kosovo Security Forces (KSF).
Brigadier General Bernd Thran, Deputy Head of EULEX (center) attedning the Silver Sabre-2 Exercise. November 28, 2016 © EULEX
The Exercise is in a series led by KFOR, aimed to assess and upgrade the operational readiness and to enhance the coordinated efforts between KFOR, EULEX, KP, KSF in Kosovo.
Briefed by KFOR Public Affairs, additional elements that have been part of the exercise were:
- KP, in the Crowd Riot Control (CRC) role as a first responder;
- EULEX, in the CRC role as a second responder;
- KSF, in the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence (CBRN) role according to their mission, response operations in Kosovo and abroad in Civil Protection Operations, Natural Disaster and other emergencies. © KFOR November 21, 2016
Sources: KFOR Public Affairs/EULEX/U.S Army Europe
On September 12, during an official meeting of Deputy Secretary General Vershbow with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice President of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Mr Enver Hoxhaj in Brussels– the Deputy Secretary General reassured Kosovo of NATO’s continuous support for KFOR.
“KFOR will continue to contribute to a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement in Kosovo, working in close cooperation with the Kosovo authorities and with the EU.”
“….that NATO will continue to support the development of the security organisations in Kosovo and welcomed the increased professionalism shown by the Kosovo Police.” elaborated Deputy Secretary General Vershbow. September 12, 2016 © NATO Public Affairs
- Additional: The Role of NATO in Kosovo
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited KFOR Headquarters
January 23, 2015 © NATO
The Secretary General met with COMKFOR Major General Francesco Paolo Figluolo and with the Leaders in Pristina. He described the KFOR a Success story of cooperation between Allies and Partners.
During this visit the Secretary General assured that NATO will continue its efforts in fostering a capable Kosovo Security Force:
“A professional and Capable Force. And a source of Regional Stability”.
The Secretary General also highlighted:
“Sixteen years ago, NATO came here in the aftermath of bloodshed and war. Today, Kosovo is a very different place. Peaceful, stable, increasingly prosperous”,
“Under a clear United Nations mandate, our Mission has helped transform Kosovo into a safer place. And it has helped make the Western Balkans more stable.”
and concluded “……..every man and woman who has served under the KFOR Flag has helped to change the course of history in Kosovo. And helped keep our neighbourhood stable. You have made a difference.” January 23, 2015 © NATO
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