Kosovo Force

Kosovo Force
Coat of arms of the Kosovo Force.svg
The emblem of KFOR, which contains the Latin and Cyrillic scripts.
Founded11 June 1999; 20 years ago (1999-06-11)
Size3,500 personnel
Part of North Atlantic Treaty Organization
MG Michele Risi, EI
Flag (2008–09)
Flag of the Kosovo Force (2008–2009).gif

The Kosovo Force (KFOR) is a NATO-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo. Its operations are gradually reducing until Kosovo's Security Force, established in 2009, becomes self sufficient.[1]

KFOR entered Kosovo on 11 June 1999,[2] two days after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1244. At the time, Kosovo was facing a grave humanitarian crisis, with military forces from Yugoslavia in action against the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in daily engagements. Nearly one million people had fled Kosovo as refugees by that time, and many did not permanently return.[1]

KFOR is gradually transferring responsibilities to the Kosovo Police and other local authorities. Currently, 28 states contribute to the KFOR, with a combined strength of more than 3,500 military and civilian personnel.[3]


Map of the KFOR's sectors in 2002.

KFOR focuses on building a secure environment and guarantee the freedom of movement through all Kosovo territory for all citizens, irrespective of their ethnic origins, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244.[1]

The Contact Group countries have said publicly that KFOR will remain in Kosovo to provide the security necessary to support the final settlement of Kosovo authorities.[4]

Other Languages
العربية: قوات كوسوفو
azərbaycanca: KFOR
čeština: KFOR
dansk: KFOR
Deutsch: KFOR
español: KFOR
Esperanto: KFOR
한국어: 코소보군
հայերեն: KFOR
hrvatski: KFOR
italiano: Kosovo Force
ქართული: KFOR
magyar: KFOR
Nederlands: Kosovo Force
日本語: KFOR
norsk: KFOR
polski: KFOR
português: Força do Cóssovo
română: KFOR
русский: KFOR
slovenčina: Sily pre Kosovo
slovenščina: KFOR
српски / srpski: КФОР
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: KFOR
suomi: KFOR
svenska: Kosovo Force
Türkçe: KFOR