KFOR, NATO’s peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, has increased its presence in the north of the self-proclaimed republic this week and is closely monitoring developments.
“We are closely monitoring the situation in northern Kosovo. KFOR has the capabilities and personnel to ensure a safe environment and freedom of movement for all communities under our mandate from UN Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999,” the mission reported on its Twitter account this Friday, stressing that it reinforced its presence “even with additional troops and patrols.”
“We urge all parties to commit to ensuring security and freedom of movement in Kosovo. KFOR will continue to fulfill our UN mandate to all communities in Kosovo. Solutions must be sought through dialogue,” they added.
The mission statement comes after Serbia sent a request to the KFOR commander on Friday to deploy 1,000 members of its army and police to the self-proclaimed republic, following the approval of the move at a scheduled government discussion.
According to the country’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, the decision was approved unanimously and it is the first time that Belgrade makes such a request. He stressed that this is an “important measure for the security” of Kosovar Serb citizens.