NATO Mission in Kosovo (KFOR)

Mission/Mandate
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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 12 June 1999 in support of wider international efforts to build peace and stability in the area.
 
KFOR's mission is to:
  • contribute to a secure environment and ensure public safety and order
  • 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
 
Facts/Figures
Current KFOR Structure: KFOR HQ in Pristina, 2 Multinational Battle Groups (MNBG) in Pec and Bondsteel and 
5 Joint Reginal Detachments in Novo Selo, Pec, Pristina, Bondsteel and Prizren.

Current deployment facts for Kosovo:

  • the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) is comprised of almost 6,000 troops from 22 NATO countries and 7 non-NATO partner countries (Feb 2012)
  • KFOR Area of Responsibility is 10,887 km2
History/Progress
KFOR initially comprised some 50 000 men and women from NATO and non-NATO nations and in addition to its current mandate was charged with demilitarizing the Kosovo Liberation Army and deterring aggression by Yugoslav and Serb forces. As the situation stabilised and relations with Serbia in particular have developed the mission has been updated. KFOR has successfully provided a security environment in which Kosovars have been able to begin to address their differences. The improving security environment has enabled NATO to gradually reduce KFOR troop levels a process which will continue subject to conditions on the ground continuing to develop appropriately.
 
KFOR is still ready and determined to accomplish its tasks by performing the appropriate mobility, flexibility and readiness of the troops as a compensation for the reduction. KFOR will remain committed to its mission to provide a safe and secure environment all over Kosovo. In that respect KFOR will continue to cooperate with EULEX and the International Civilian Presence, as well as with the Kosovo Police.
 
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