KFOR: There were no joint activities with the KSF

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Source: Kosovo Online

There have been no joint activities between KFOR and the Kosovo Security Forces, as stated in a written response from KFOR to the Kosovo Online editorial team regarding a question to comment on the statement by Deputy Minister of Defense Shemsi Syla, who mentioned that "members of the KSF were involved in various activities in northern Kosovo."

In addition to Syla's statement, Defense Minister Ejup Maqedonci also spoke today, stating that "KSF on September 24th last year (Banjska) were ready to react if requested by their superiors."

In a written response from KFOR to our editorial team, when asked to comment on Maqedonci's statements in addition to Syla's, the following is stated:

"We have seen the recent statement that the Kosovo Security Forces increased their readiness after the attack on the Kosovo Police in Banjska on September 24, 2023. Any deployment of Kosovo Security Forces in northern Kosovo requires the consent of the KFOR Commander. We welcome the continuous respect for these obligations by institutions in Kosovo. We expect timely consultations on any action by the Kosovo Security Forces or Kosovo Police that could affect regional security," KFOR states.

Furthermore, KFOR emphasizes that they have increased their presence in Kosovo following last year's events in Zvecan and Banjska.

"As a result of the violent attack on Banjska in September and on Zvecan in May last year, KFOR has strengthened its presence in Kosovo, including additional troops and patrols - 1,000 additional deployed soldiers represent the largest reinforcement of our mission in the last decade. All of this demonstrates NATO's tangible and unwavering commitment to this mission. KFOR will do whatever is necessary to ensure a safe and secure environment for all people living in Kosovo and freedom of movement - based on UN Security Council Resolution 1244 from 1999 - at all times and impartially. KFOR is the third security responder, following the Kosovo Police and the EU Rule of Law Mission (EULEX), as the first and second security responders, with whom we closely coordinate our activities," the response emphasizes.

Furthermore, it is stated that in the meantime, the KFOR Commander remains in close contact with all his key counterparts, including representatives of security organizations in Kosovo, the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Army, EULEX, the UN, OSCE, and the diplomatic corps.

"There have been no joint activities between KFOR and the Kosovo Security Forces. The NATO Advisory and Liaison Team - which is a separate entity from KFOR - continues its support for the further development of security organizations in Kosovo, through capacity-building activities, education, and coordination of training, in line with the original civilian emergency status of the mandate of the Kosovo Security Forces," the written response from KFOR concludes to our editorial team.