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Field office in Gjilan/Gnjilane: partnership, stability and peace

Staying connected to people to establish good relations based on mutual confidence. This is the reason that made KFOR create "field offices” inside some cities in Kosovo, which are open every day for the citizens.
The field offices are often connected to a "field house” building in which the LMT military personnel live as a part of the community, away from the barracks. In the city of Gjilan/Gnjilane these assets are available since 29th April 2016.
The Turkish Liaison Monitoring Team (LMT), part of the Joint Regional Detachment South (JRD-S), is available to support the needs of the Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serb inhabitants of Gjilan/Gnjilane and the villages of Partes/Partesh. It is open for their requests and concerns and welcomes them in the field office.
Every, now and then, LMT members pay visits to the neighbouring villages. Relations with the local authorities are very close. The meetings are scheduled twice a week in order to feel the pulse of the current situation. What is clear is that all people in Gjilan/Gnjilane and Partes/Partesh appreciate KFOR’s presence.
The support guaranteed to the people comes through CIMIC activities related to social projects that involve schools, hospitals and other aspects belonging to everyday life. For instance, three months ago the LMT’s field office of Gjilan/Gnjilane supported a KOA and KOS children’s gathering, buying T-shirts and paint used during the event. Schools often ask for assistance to buy books and other materials, such as photocopy machines. Periodically LMTs visited classes to meet the children and distribute equipment provided by KFOR CIMIC.
"We provide also medical support if someone with particular problems needs it,” Captain Hakan Derican, LMT Commander underlined. "But, first of all, our priority is security. The situation here, in Gjilan/Gnjilane territory, is calm. Both, KOA and KOS, are happy to have a KFOR presence, because they feel secure.”

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