In a comment on Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's statement that one of the great powers would soon request that the Kosovo Force (KFOR) peacekeepers be withdrawn from Kosovo, a NATO official speaking on condition of anonymity explained that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) remained committed to the stability of the Western Balkans, and that members of the Alliance brought all decisions based on a consensus, including those about KFOR.
President Vucic said last week that a great power was about to make an official request that KFOR and the U.N. Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) be withdrawn from the territory, which he warned would be "an absolute disaster" for Serbia. "I don't know if anyone is aware what this would mean, I am deeply worried," Vucic told reporters in Belgrade.
The anonymous NATO official said in a brief comment for the EURACTIV portal that "for years, the Alliance has been contributing to the stability of the Western Balkans and remains committed to the region."
"Our KFOR mission was founded by 1999 U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244 to ensure a safe and secure environment and the freedom of movement for all communities living in Kosovo. All decisions within NATO, including those related to KFOR, require a consensus by all 30 allies, members of the Alliance," the official underlined.