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What is NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR)?

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NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR) continues to support the development of an inclusive, democratic and multi-ethnic Kosovo. Here are five things you should know about KFOR.


The Kosovo Force was mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999, with the aim to deploy a neutral peacekeeping mission in the immediate aftermath of NATO’s intervention aimed at ending the humanitarian catastrophe that was unfolding in and around Kosovo.
Today, KFOR consists of more than 3,700 troops provided by 27 Allied and partner countries on a voluntary basis. KFOR’s main tasks are to ensure a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all communities in Kosovo. Over time, as the security situation in the region has improved, NATO has been gradually adjusting KFOR’s force posture.
Any changes to the KFOR force posture are conditions-based and not calendar-driven.

In performing its tasks, KFOR operates as the third responder, after the Kosovo Police and the European Union Rule of Law mission (EULEX). Coordination with these two entities is constant and very well established.


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