PRISTINA - KFOR Commander, Major General Giovanni FUNGO, welcomed
a delegation of the North Atlantic Council in KFOR format, led by the NATO Deputy
Secretary General, H.E. Mrs. Rose GOTTEMOELLER, at KFOR HQ. The Chairman
of the NATO Military Committee, Gen. Petr PAVEL, and the Commander of the Joint
Force Command – Naples, Adm. James FOGGO, were in attendance as well.
H.E. Mrs. GOTTEMOELLER was briefed by COMKFOR on the improvement on the
current situation in Kosovo and in the wider Western Balkans region. They
underlined the importance of the commitment of KFOR in maintaining a safe and
secure environment and freedom of movement for all people in Kosovo firmly, fairly
Furthermore, during their visit, the NAC delegation and H.E. Mrs. Rose
GOTTEMOELLER took part in several meetings with the Leaders of the International
Organisations, namely UNMIK, EU, EULEX and OSCE, discussing about the
importance of the stability in the Region. During the morning they met also the NATO
Advisory and Liaison Team (NALT) Director, Brigadier General Ralf HOFFMANN
and Mr. Rrustem BERISHA.
In the course of her press conference, Deputy Secretary General H.E. Mrs. Rose
GOTTEMOELLER stated that "NATO's commitment to KFOR remains a key element
of our efforts to project stability in in this region."
"KFOR will remain in Kosovo as long as it is necessary. We will not leave until our
task is completed," H.E. Mrs. GOTTEMOELLER added.
H.E. Mrs. GOTTEMOELLER had also the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with
Mr. Hashim THACI and Mr. Dalibor JEVTIC.
The North Atlantic Council is the principal political decision-making body within
NATO, comprising the 29 NATO permanent representatives under the chairmanship
of the Secretary General, Mr Jens STOLTENBERG. The visit foresees the presence
of the North Atlantic Council and the non NATO KFOR contributing Nations
permanent representatives. It brings together high-level representatives of each
member States to discuss policy or operational questions requiring collective