18 Feb. 2008


by the North Atlantic Council
after Kosovo’s declaration of independence

Following Kosovo’s declaration of independence yesterday, NATO reaffirms that KFOR shall remain in Kosovo on the basis of UNSCR 1244, as agreed by Foreign Ministers in December 2007, unless the UN Security Council decides otherwise.

NATO’s responsibility and capability to ensure a safe and secure environment in Kosovo remain unchanged. KFOR will continue to execute this mandate in an impartial manner in accordance with its Operational Plan. NATO will respond resolutely to any attempts to disrupt the safety and security of the population of Kosovo. 

NATO continues to attach great importance to the implementation of standards in Kosovo, especially regarding the rule of law, the protection of ethnic minorities and communities, as well as the protection of historical and religious sites. 

NATO’s objective is to continue helping in the development of a stable, democratic, multi-ethnic and peaceful Kosovo. As Foreign Ministers also agreed in December 2007, NATO will continue to cooperate closely with the population of Kosovo, the United Nations, the European Union and other international actors wherever appropriate. 

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