COMKFOR MET WITH THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRIAN NATIONAL COUNCIL
27th November 2014 – Today KFOR Commander, Major General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, received the vice-president of the Austrian National Council, Mr. Karlheinz Kopf at NATO KFOR Headquarters in Pristina/Prishtinë.
General Figliuolo discussed with Mr. Kopf about the current security situation in Kosovo and the contribution given to KFOR by the Austrian Contingent. Also present at the meeting were the Ambassador of Austria to Kosovo, H.E. Mr. Johann Brieger and the Deputy COMKFOR, Brigadier General Anton Waldner.
KFOR Commander and Mr. Kopf agreed on the importance of the role of KFOR in contributing, as the third responder, to support Kosovo Police, EULEX and all local and international organizations. General Figliuolo also expressed his appreciation for the Austrian cooperation and support of the KFOR mission. He emphasized the excellent results and the laudable professionalism of the Austrian service-members.
Mr. Kopf confirmed that Austria will continue to support the KFOR mission. Currently, the Austrian contingent consists of about 530 service- members, they represent the largest non-NATO contribution to KFOR. Austrian Armed Forces military personnel are mainly deployed in Pec/Peja as part of the Multinational Battle Group West, at Camp Prizren and in Pristina/Prishtinë, as part of the KFOR HQ Staff and of the Joint Logistic Support Group.
This meeting follows other similar ones held by the KFOR Commander in order to harmonize the comprehensive approach for the normalization, through the dialogue and cooperation, of relations in the Balkans area.