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Updated: 21-Dec-1999 KFOR Press Updates

Pristina,
Kosovo

21 Dec. 1999

KFOR Press Update

by Lieutenant-Commander Philip Anido, KFOR Spokesman

KFOR Troop Presence Widespread

Since the arrival of KFOR in Kosovo in June, KFOR troops from 34 nations have fanned out all across the province. Their presence is being felt on the streets in every community and they are highly visible to all citizens of every ethnic group.

Today, there are many scenes of KFOR troops assisting people of all ages. Often, KFOR soldiers live with or near families who are concerned about their safety.

During the Christmas holiday, when children are out of school and families gather together at home, KFOR soldiers will maintain the high level of patrolling in towns and villages. They will continue to be very vigilant.

"Our principle task is to establish and maintain security in every corner of Kosovo. My soldiers accomplish this in their day-to-day work as they operate amongst the people, day and night," says General Dr. Klaus Reinhardt, the Commander KFOR. "We are here to help; we are here to protect; we are here to put an end to the fear and distrust that certain individuals attempt to spread, and we have increasing success in this endeavour."

Examples of KFOR Security Operations

KFOR has the resources to respond to various levels of threat by moving troops from one area to another. Quick Reaction Forces are on standby to respond to any contingency. For example, an additional battalion has been deployed to the town of Gniljane in Multinational Brigade East, and in the area of Prizren, three companies of troops have moved in to protect the ethnic minorities.

  • KFOR has arrested more than 948 individuals for various crimes. 250 are still in prison
  • On average, 200 soldiers in each Multinational Brigade area are on static guard at houses, locations where minorities gather, and at patrimonial sites
  • KFOR soldiers conduct 860 patrols throughout Kosovo every day
  • Three out of every four soldiers are permanently patrolling, manning checkpoints and helping the population, especially ethnic minorities
  • KFOR has provided escorts to more than 50 humanitarian convoys
  • On average one platoon per Multinational Brigade is supporting the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) as well as non-governmental organisations (NGO) in their activities
  • More than 5,700 checkpoint operations and 120 major search operations have been carried out in the province since 8 October 99
  • The following numbers of weapons have been destroyed:
    • 1,576 rifles
    • 401 pistols
    • 74 machine guns
    • 2 mortars
    • 150 anti-tank guns
    • 57 explosive devices
  • The following numbers of illegal weapons have been confiscated:
    • 3,612 rifles
    • 1,520 pistols
    • 142 machine guns
    • 151 mortars
    • 179 anti-tank guns
    • 576 explosive devices
    • 927,000 rounds of ammo


Events and incidents in Kosovo during the last 24 hours:

Weapons confiscated and arrests made

Late Sunday afternoon, Multinational Brigade West, KFOR Military Police searched a house in Pec owned by a Kosovo Albanian family. They confiscated a rifle, ammunition and a hand grenade. One man was arrested.

Late Sunday afternoon, KFOR troops at a checkpoint in Multinational Brigade North confiscated a loaded pistol from a Kosovo Albanian. The man was arrested.

In Dakovica, Multinational Brigade West, two men were stopped at a checkpoint and were arrested for the possession of illegal weapons. Two rifles, a hand grenade and ammunition were confiscated.

Men arrested for assault

In Gorazdevac, Multinational Brigade West, on Sunday afternoon, KFOR Italian Military Police took two men into custody for assaulting a 74-year old woman. The woman was taken to the Italian military field hospital for treatment.

In Multinational Brigade West, in Dakovica, a 71 year-old woman was stabbed to death on Monday evening. UNMIK police are investigating.

Arrests for Breaking Curfew

In Prizren in Multinational Brigade South, five Albanian men who were in an early Monday morning brawl, were detained by UNMIK and Military Police for breaking the curfew.

Suspected Arson

UNMIK Police in Prizren are investigating a fire at a house formerly owned by a Serbian family. The fire began on Monday afternoon and arson is suspected.

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