The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to supporting the mission of Nato-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo (KFOR).
The Nato-led peacekeeping mission marks its 20th anniversary. The forces have been involved in a peace support operation in Kosovo since 12 June 1999 to help end the conflict and build stability in the area.
Speaking at a National Army Museum event to mark the anniversary, UK Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster declared that the UK will continue to contribute to the KFOR mission.
Lancaster said: “I can still remember the warm welcome I received from the local population when serving in Kosovo two decades ago as a royal engineer.
“Those friendships have not been forgotten by either country and so we will be extending our decades-long commitment to securing the long-term stability of the region.”
The UN-mandated KFOR comprises troops from around 30 nations, including, Italy, Turkey, Poland and the US.
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UK troops have helped improve the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability of the force.
The KFOR mission involves coordinating the international humanitarian effort and civil presence and supporting the development of the Kosovo Security Force.
In 1999, Nato conducted an air campaign against Serbia after growing violence between the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and Serbian forces.
The Kosovo war took place between February 1998 and June 1999.
Meanwhile, the UK will continue providing its support to the EUFOR mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina to enhance stability and security in the Western Balkans.