Today, Kosovo and NATO marked 19 years since the deployment of the Alliance’s peacekeeping mission in Kosovo – KFOR. The deployment of the NATO led infantry peacekeepers in Kosovo came after 78 days of NATO bombing, aimed at ending Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic’s military campaign against innocent population of Kosovo.
The intervention of NATO in Kosovo came after almost two-year war between the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and Serbian forces (army, military and paramilitary forces) and after many massacres against Albanian civilians. Deployment of the NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo – KFOR, was done after reaching of the Kumanovo Agreement between Serbian officials and NATO authorities, led by British General, Mike Jackson. With this Agreement, Serbia was forced to withdraw from Kosovo all its police and military forces. After withdrawal of Serbian forces and entrance of NATO peacekeepers, almost one million Albanians returned to their homes after they were expelled by Serbian forces from March to June 1999. The day of Kosovo liberation and the Independence Day (on 17 February 2008), are considered as the main highlights in Kosovo’s modern history. Marking the end of the war Kosovo authorities unveiled in Pristina a monument commemorating NATO soldiers who died while serving.