Over the last few weeks, KFOR has made great strides in improving
the overall security situation in Kosovo. Considerable effort has
been expended to safeguard lives, to protect property, and to bring
law and order to the Province. This has been achieved through very
proactive measures, such as constant patrolling, including joint
patrols with Russian troops, the detention of perpetrators of violence,
and the confiscation of unauthorised weapons by KFOR.
KFOR has also been providing high level support to the UN Interim
Administration in Kosovo, UNMIK, and to the Kosovo Transitional
Council, recently set up by the Special Representative to the UN
Secretary General (UN SRSG), Dr. Bernard Kouchner. The Transitional
Council has representatives from all the major groups in Kosovo,
and is now working hard to push forward a legitimate Civil Administration
in the Province.
As the security situation improves, KFOR has been able to start
handing over some of its activity to the developing Civil Administration.
For example, the UN International Police (UNIP) has taken over the
policing of Pristina from KFOR, and is carrying out joint patrols
with KFOR in other areas. They have opened their first detention
centre and their first police stations. UNMIK has also appointed
interim Judges and Prosecutors, to process those persons detained
by KFOR and UNIP.
Following the completion of the UCK's Demilitarisation on 20th
September 1999, the UN SRSG issued a directive for the establishment
of a new Kosovo Protection Force (TMK). This will have 3,000 members
and 2,000 reserves, and will begin working for UNMIK in areas of
de-mining, disaster response, and humanitarian functions, under
the direction of COMKFOR. However, it will have no political role,
and no role in law enforcement.