Podgorica - General Cuoci, during the periodic meetings with countries bordering Kosovo, went to
Montenegro to meet Defense Minister Predrag Boskovic and the Minister of Interior
Minister Predrag Boskovic thanked the KFOR Commander for the
visit, stating that the cooperation between the Ministry of Defense and Kosovo Force is
excellent and that this will also be in the near future.
Minister Bošković underlined the
importance of the NATO mission, led by General CUOCI, for the stability of Kosovo and
the whole region. He expressed his conviction that the day will come when the security
situation in Kosovo will normalize and the institutions in Kosovo will have the capacity to
face all future challenges. He added that to ensure the security of all the Western
Balkans there is the recent entry of Montenegro into NATO and that Montenegro will
continue to contribute to the stability of Kosovo.
The Minister subsequently updated
General CUOCI on the most important challenges facing the Ministry in the next period,
emphasizing in particular the participation of Montenegro in peacekeeping missions
under the leadership of NATO, the United Nations and the EU. In this context, the
minister informed General Cuoci that in the course of 2018 Montenegro will send two
officers to the NATO mission in Kosovo, one to the KFOR HQ in Pristina and another as
a liaison officer in Skopje.
General CUOCI, thanked Minister Bošković for his deep appreciation to KFOR and said
he was particularly pleased that he has been the first commander of KFOR to have
visited Montenegro as a full member of NATO. He also stressed that for the stability of
the whole region, the fact that Montenegro became the 29th member of the Alliance, in
the name of those values promoted by NATO, is a matter of extraordinary importance.
General CUOCI has updated the minister about the current situation in Kosovo, assessed
as stable, despite the constant challenges that the mission is facing directly on the
The Commander of KFOR has confirmed that the cooperation with Montenegro is at a
very high level, especially in that segment more closely linked to logistics and that will be
intensified with the introduction of new activities.
During his visit to Montenegro, General CUOCI had the opportunity to meet the Army
Chief of Staff of Montenegro, Brigadier General Ilija Dakovic, and they spoke about the
current situation in the region, noting that Montenegro's accession to NATO represents a
further factor of stability for the Western Balkans.
General Dakovic informed General
Cuoci of the main tasks and processes of the Montenegrin Army, as well as of the future
steps they intend to take towards the full integration and interoperability of the
Montenegrin armed forces with the members of the Alliance.
The day of meetings continued at the Ministry of the Interior where General CUOCI was
received by Minister Mevludin Nuhodžić and the Director of Police Slavko Stojanovic.
Minister Nuhodžić stated that Montenegro will continue to contribute to stability and
security in the region and then he updated General CUOCI on the activities carried out by
the Ministry and the reforms adopted so far in light of Montenegro's recent accession to
The meeting also discussed activities aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation,
migration policies, and aspects related to the fight against terrorism.
General CUOCI thanked the ministers for the fruitful day of talks, hoping more and more
cooperation to maintain the security and stability of the area, ensuring the constant
commitment of KFOR in the name of his motto "Enduring Commitment".