Thursday, October 11, 2012

NATO might increase presence in northern Kosovo

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated Wednesday that the security situation in Kosovo has improved, but announced that the Alliance might increase the number of its soldiers in northern Kosovo in order to suppress random acts of violence. NATO's Defense Ministers discussed the security situation in Kosovo in Brussels on Wednesday, and affirmed that KFOR continues to play an indispensable role there, it was published on the Alliance's webpage. 

 Rasmussen said a lot of progress has already been made in Kosovo over the last months. "The security situation on the ground has improved. As a result of the combined efforts by KFOR and EULEX there is now greater freedom of movement," the Secretary General pointed out. NATO and the European Union closely coordinate their work in Kosovo to make sure that the security conditions are in place for the political process to move ahead, Rasmussen underlined. 

There are currently 6,148 troops deployed as part of the KFOR mission in Kosovo. He added that the KFOR mission and its Commander, Major General Volker Halbauer, have NATO's full support. On the political front, Ministers welcomed the relaunching of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina facilitated by the European Union and urged all parties to implement previous agreements.

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