COMMANDER JOINT FORCE COMMAND (JFC) NAPLES VISITS KFOR
PRISTINA, 8th October 2014 - U.S. Navy Admiral Mark E. Ferguson III, Commander JFC Naples, met KFOR Commander Maj. Gen. Francesco Paolo Figliuolo at Camp "Film City", NATO KFOR HQ in Pristina.
This was Admiral Ferguson's first visit to KFOR since Maj. Gen. Figliuolo assumed command on the 3rd September 2014.
Adm. Ferguson received a comprehensive brief by COM KFOR and the international HQ Staff on the latest developments of the current security and political situation in Kosovo, as well as an update on the wider Balkans region.
Following the briefing, Adm. Ferguson expressed his appreciation for the improved overall security situation in Kosovo and also greeted members of KFOR. He emphasized the importance of KFOR in the delicate and complex context of the Balkans and the need to continue to accomplish the mission promoting progress and dialogue in the region.
Admiral Ferguson remarked that "The Balkan area has long been recognized as both a delicate and complex region. However, I truly believe that KFOR is a crucial partner in the stabilization process".
During the visit, Adm. Ferguson and Maj. Gen. Figliuolo visited the Multinational Battle Group West, followed by a tour of the Decane Monastery where they met Father Sava.
Adm. Ferguson stated, "I have been once again reminded of the importance of the dialogue among all the stakeholders". In particular, he highlighted the progress that had been achieved through the signing of an agreement between the Municipality of Deçan and the Visoki Dečani Monastery, aided by KFOR's mediation, which will now facilitate further dialogue as an effective tool to solve the problems related to land dispute issues. "The legal value of the Agreement's signature reflects the symbolic importance of the act between the two counterparts - representing both Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serbian communities", Adm. Ferguson concluded.