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Turkey to send peacekeepers to Kosovo at NATO's request

Jun 4, 2023

Turkey has decided to send its peacekeeping forces to Kosovo in response to a NATO request.


This was reported by Yevropeiska Pravda with reference to the press service of the Turkish Ministry of Defense.

"After the events in Kosovo, at the request of the Allied Command of the NATO Allied Forces, a special forces battalion of the 65th Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Command (Kırklareli), which was previously allocated to the NATO Force in Kosovo (KFOR), was deployed as a reserve unit in Naples," the statement said.

It is planned that the deployed unit will be transferred to the Sultan Murat barracks in Kosovo on June 4-5.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense also called for a restrained and constructive dialogue to resolve the crisis, which could harm security and stability in the region.

After the election of new mayors, protests broke out in Serbian communities in northern Kosovo. Protesters attacked NATO peacekeepers with incendiary devices and stones in the village of Zveçan.

30 Italian and Hungarian soldiers and more than 50 Serbs were injured.

In the midterm elections, which Serbs boycotted at the behest of the government in Belgrade, politicians of Albanian origin won with a turnout of less than 4%.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 04/06/2023

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