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11 Jul. 2012

North Atlantic Council and partners visit KFOR

On 11 July, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the ambassadors of all 28 NATO Allies visited KFOR, together with the ambassadors of partner countries which contribute to the mission. They were accompanied by the Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Pierre Vimont. Their visit is a clear signal of their shared commitment to stability and security in the region and a strong expression of support for KFOR in its mission to create a safe and secure environment.

"NATO is fully committed to the stability and security of the Western Balkans – nowhere more than in Kosovo," the Secretary General said at a press conference in Pristina. "For the past 12 years, the NATO-led mission here has helped preserve a safe and secure environment for all people in Kosovo – firmly, fairly and impartially."

During the one-day visit, the delegation met with the Commander of KFOR, Major General Erhard Drews, and with key representatives of the international community in Kosovo to discuss the current political situation. The delegation also had meetings with Mr Hashim Thaci and Mr Slobodan Petrovic. 

Speaking after the meetings, the Secretary General stressed that NATO and its international partners in Kosovo are committed to the Euro-Atlantic future of the region. "We all know that the future of the Western Balkans lies in building peaceful cooperation, not a return to the conflicts of the past”, Mr Rasmussen said.

The Secretary General emphasised that the political problems of the region can only be solved by dialogue and reiterated NATO’s full support for the European Union-facilitated talks between Belgrade and Pristina. 

"I call on all leaders, and all communities, across this region to show responsibility and restraint. I call on all leaders and all communities to choose dialogue, not confrontation. Because the people of this region deserve a better future, as part of the Euro-Atlantic community ," he said. 

The Secretary General and Ambassadors also traveled to Mitrovica to see the results of KFOR's efforts to maintain a safe and secure environment for the people of Kosovo.

NATO Secretary General Press Conference in Pristina

11 Jul. 2012

Press conference by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen held in Pristina

Last updated: 11-Jul-2012 17:23

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The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives at Pristina airport and is welcomed by COMKFOR, MajGen. Erhard Drews 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 Welcome ceremony 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 Welcome ceremony 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (centre) and the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Gen. Knud Bartels (right) meet with COMKFOR, MajGen. Erhard Drews (left). 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 The North Atlantic Council meets with Heads of International Organisations in Kosovo. Remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 The North Atlantic Council meets with Heads of International Organisations in Kosovo 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 The North Atlantic Council meets with Heads of International Organisations in Kosovo 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with Mr. Hashim Thaci 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with Mr. Hashim Thaci 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 Mr. Agim Ceku, Mr. Hashim Thaci and Mr. Slobodan Petrovic during the bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and COMKFOR, MajGen. Erhard Drews (left). 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 Left to right: Admiral Bruce Clingan, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and COMKFOR, MajGen. Erhard Drews. 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and COMKFOR, MajGen. Erhard Drews on their way to Mitrovica. 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and COMKFOR, MajGen. Erhard Drews on their way to Mitrovica. 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during his press conference in Pristina 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during his press conference in Pristina 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during his press conference in Pristina 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 Media representatives at the press conference by the NATO Secretary General in Pristina 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 COMKFOR, MajGen. Erhard Drews and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 COMKFOR, MajGen. Erhard Drews and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and COMKFOR, MajGen. Erhard Drews (left). 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 Visit of the North Atlantic Council to KFOR 
The North Atlantic Council visits KFOR 11. Jul. 2012 Visit of the North Atlantic Council to KFOR