Turkey Takes Over Command Of Multinational Task Force In Kosovo

PRIZREN - Turkish Armed Forces assumed the command of Multinational Task Force South (MNTF-S), one of the 5 regional commands of KFOR (led by NATO in Kosovo), for a period of one year.

Turkish general Ugur Tarcin, who took over the command, said at a ceremony that they abide by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk`s (founder of Turkey) motto of "peace at home, peace in the world."

"We will be putting another stone to ensure and to improve security and stability. I believe that everyone knows how necessary is a safe atmosphere for the reconstruction and development of Kosovo," he said.

On the other hand, KFOR Commander Gen. Roland Kather said Multinational Task Force South would discourage any threat that could endanger the safe atmosphere in Kosovo. He also said the task force is a role model of assistance to people of Kosovo.

Turkish batallion will serve with 757 troops in (MNTF-S). The medical unit within the battalion also provides health services for civilians in Kosovo.

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