KFOR COMMANDER MET WITH THE MAYOR OF GRACANICA
8th November 2014. Yesterday, KFOR Commander, Major General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, met with the Mayor of Gracanica, Mr. Branimir Stojanovic, as part of his regular talks with local authorities and municipalities in Kosovo.
COMKFOR conducts such meetings in order to strengthen mutual cooperation in the framework of the operational objectives of KFOR, ensuring freedom of movement and safe and secure living conditions Kosovo wide. The main topics that the attendees focused on were projects and perspectives on improving welfare, infrastructure and agricultural developments in Gracanica and surrounding villages. As the mayor stated, KFOR is a trustworthy and impartial partner and its role is fundamental in order to support all the minority communities. COMKFOR affirmed that the peaceful coexistence and tolerance in Gracanica, which is the biggest Kosovar Serb enclave in the south of Kosovo, is a clear example to follow in order to promote a thriving local community.
Finally, the Mayor brought COMFKOR to the King Milutin school where recently a 6.4 meter long, 3.8 meter wide mosaic was removed from its original position, laying down on the courtyard outside the building, to its current vertically erected location on the side of the internal open-air atrium. The monument represents a picture of Simonida who was the wife of King Milutin in the 14th century, who built the Monastery in Gracanica in 1321. The removal of the mosaic was projected and conducted by KFOR after that the municipality requested its support two months ago.