French general takes command of Kosovo force

French General Xavier de Marnhac on Friday assumed the one-year command over the NATO-led peacekeeping presence in Kosovo (KFOR). De Marnhac, who already served in Kosovo as a KFOR deputy commander in 2005, replaces German General Roland Kather.

French general takes command of Kosovo force
French General Xavier de Marnhac on Friday assumed the one-year command over the NATO-led peacekeeping presence in Kosovo (KFOR). De Marnhac, who already served in Kosovo as a KFOR deputy commander in 2005, replaces German General Roland Kather.

He is the third Frenchman to command KFOR since it was deployed at the end of the Kosovo conflict in June 1999.

The mission, along with a UN administration, followed the 78-day NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. The aim was to oust Belgrade's security forces from the province and end a heavy-handed crackdown on rebelling Albanians, the majority population in Kosovo.

KFOR, a 36-nation effort, initially had some 50,000 troops in Kosovo. The presence has been reduced to some 15,000 since.

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Last Mod: 31 Ağustos 2007, 15:01
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