Finally, KFOR reacted to the request of Serbia to send Serbian army to Kosovo

KFOR reacted to the request of the Government of Serbia for the return of up to 1,000 members of Serbian security forces to Kosovo pursuant to Resolution 1244.

Source: Kosovo online
Tanjug/AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu
Tanjug/AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu

Namely, KFOR stated that they are "currently evaluating" that request of the Government of Serbia, and it is also stated that they will continue to "provide a safe environment and freedom of movement that encourages productive dialogue, giving leaders the opportunity to create long-term, sustainable solutions, for the benefit of all communities that live in Kosovo".

"We received a letter from Serbia and we are currently evaluating it. KFOR remains extremely cautious and fully capable of fulfilling its UN mandate," the mission said in response to a request for confirmation that Belgrade formally made the request.

"The NATO-led KFOR mission consists of more than 3,700 personnel from 27 countries – including NATO allies and partners committed to ensuring a safe, secure environment and freedom of movement for all communities in Kosovo, in accordance with the mandate based on UN Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999. As such, the role of KFOR continues to be fundamental for lasting security throughout Kosovo and stability in the Western Balkans region," the statement reads.

As it was pointed out, KFOR recently "increased the presence of its troops in Jarinje for preventive security reasons".

"It turned out to be an extremely successful activity, largely thanks to the productive and grateful cooperation of the Government of Montenegro, the Chief of the Serbian General Staff, the institutions in Kosovo, the rule of law mission led by the EU EULEX and KFOR. The increase in the presence of troops was necessary, taking into account the recent reports on the alleged possible presence of organized criminal groups within the protests," the Office for Public Relations of KFOR states.


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