KFOR was an important contributor to the demilitarization of the
UCK and the establishment of the provisional Kosovo Protection
Corps (KPC). as a civilian emergency service organization. Members
of the provisional KPC, wearing their new uniforms and badges,
are now step by step starting to take on their civilian roles.
"In the last
month, KPC volunteers in small numbers have started working on
civil-humanitarian projects. Even more have been contracted for
future projects. It is an encouraging start, and a forerunner
of what we expect the KPC to become, says Lt Cot Scott Eichelberger,
who is the chief of the Joint Implementation Commission's KPC
11, for instance, members of the provisional KPC have been rebuilding
damaged houses in the villages of Skenderaj and Vucitrn in Multinational
Brigade North, under the supervision of KFOR and under the auspices
of the UNMIK Winterization and Rehabilitation Programme.
The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) is also employing a number of KPC
members in its Village Employment and Rehabilitation Programme,
which concentrates on improvement of infrastructure and environmental
work and is funded by the European Commission. In this connection,
the KPC personnel have been repairing roads and cleaning up the
riverbank of the river in Prizren. Plans also exist to employ
them for rehabilitation of water supply and reforestation. In
addition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
is planning to use KPC members to distribute shelter kits.
Some KPC volunteers
have also started working with the marking of areas containing
unexploded ordnance (UXO). Multinational Brigade West was the
first brigade to start training of personnel from the provisional
KPC to carry out this important task, after KFOR welcomed an offer
from the organization to provide such manpower. The Italian EOD
Company arranged for a ten days long training course for ten vo1unteers.
Six of the ten "students" passed the subsequent theoretical and
practical exam, and on October 11 they started their work, setting
up barbed wire fences and mine warning signs in the village Molic
"It feels very
good to do this work," says Petrit Hasani. His five other colleagues
all agree. They are not being paid anything to do the job, but
Hasani says that they volunteered because they wish to help the
people of Kosovo, especially the children. "We have talked to
the local people here, and they will tell us if they see anything
suspicious. Then we will mark the area and call KFOR," says Jahir
first days or work, the six volunteers from the provisional KPC
were closely supervised by one of their instructors from the course,
Warrant Officer Marcello Corpus, because their new job is a potentially
very dangerous activity. KPC teams are only to be employed in
low risk areas. If in any doubt,. they are to halt their work
and seek guidance from KFOR.
from the provisional KPC will also carry out daily monitoring
of the condition of the fences marking off areas containing UXO.
This is a very important function, because unfortunately, some
people remove, such fences as well as minefield fences.