UK troops to join Nato Kosovo force in 2017 – BBC News

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Image caption British soldiers near the southern Kosovo town of Kacanik in 1999

British soldiers are to be sent out to support Nato operations in Kosovo, the defence secretary has actually stated.

Sir Michael Fallon stated about 30 soldiers would take a trip early next year to sign up with the Nato Kosovo Force (Kfor) on a 12-month release.

He stated “substantial security and stability obstacles” stayed in the western Balkans.

Set up in 1999, Kfor is entrusted with keeping security, security and liberty of motion in Kosovo.

The British soldiers will be based in the Kosovan capital, Pristina, and assistance Kfor’s intelligence, reconnaissance and monitoring operations.

Sir Michael stated: “Nato stays a foundation of our defence. By continuing to safeguard the security of Europe, Britain’s security is reinforced in the house.”

Kosovo in quick

After the separation of the previous Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Serbia reacts to separatist pressure from Kosovo by introducing a ruthless crackdown on the area’s Albanian population

  • Nato intervenes in 1999, battle Serb targets and requiring Belgrade to withdraw soldiers
  • Kosovo states self-reliance in 2008
  • The United States and significant EU nations acknowledge the relocation; Serbia calls it prohibited Kosovo and Serbia reach landmark arrangement in 2013 on normalising relations
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    Nato states that as the security circumstance in Kosovo has actually slowly enhanced, Kfor has actually ended up being a “smaller sized and more versatile force”.

    The force now makes up about 4,300 soldiers from 30 nations.

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