NATO-led KFOR mission dismantles last barricades in northern Kosovo
On Thursday (5 January 2023), the NATO-led KFOR mission completed the removal of several vehicles blocking roads in northern Kosovo, through the deployment of engineer units to the areas of Duda’s Rock and Srbovac arterial route.
This effort was carried out in accordance with KFOR’s UN mandate – based on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999 – to ensure a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for the benefit of all communities living in Kosovo. It follows the decision taken on 28 December 2022 to remove barricades set up in northern Kosovo in December. The removal of barricades followed intensive efforts by NATO Allies and the European Union to defuse tensions, with key support from KFOR and the EU-led Rule of Law mission (EULEX). The dismantling of the final roadblocks was conducted in a quick, safe and secure way, to avoid incidents and other risks for local security.
KFOR remains extremely vigilant and has the capability and personnel to continue implementing its UN mandate fully and on a daily basis, contributing to security in Kosovo and to stability across the Western Balkans region. NATO also continues to support the EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, as the main platform to find a solution that respects the rights of all communities and to build lasting peace and security across the region.