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PM Šarec meets members of the Slovenian contingent and the commander of KFOR in Kosovo

  • Former Prime Minister Marjan Šarec (2018 - 2020)

After visiting members of the Slovenian contingent in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Prime Minister Marjan Šarec spent the afternoon meeting members of the Slovenian contingent serving with KFOR in Kosovo and KFOR commander Major General Michele Risi.

After the meeting the Prime Minister said: “I have heard nothing but praise for the women and men of our Armed Forces, and the desire that we should continue in this direction. Our soldiers are performing their duties in accordance with expectations and are an extremely active part of this mission.”

Slovenia has been participating in KFOR since 2000 with a large contingent drawn from the Slovenian Armed Forces.

KFOR, a NATO-led operation with a combined strength of approximately 3,600 personnel from 28 contributing states, has been providing support for a safe and stable environment and free movement across the entire territory of Kosovo for more than 20 years, under the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1244. It also supports the implementation of agreements adopted in dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina under the aegis of the EU.

As a priority operation of the Slovenian Armed Forces, it involves the majority of Slovenian military personnel currently deployed on international operations and missions. In terms of the size of its KFOR contingent, Slovenia is in around seventh place among the states contributing to this operation. Through its participation in KFOR, Slovenia is supporting joint security and stabilisation efforts in Kosovo and its contribution is internationally recognised and highly valued.