Kosovo, a year of commitment


At the end of the year, the Italian soldiers stationed in Pec, belonging to the 52 ° "Turin" land artillery Regiment and led by Colonel Antonio Sgobba, Commander of the Multinational Battle Group West, continued the work of assistance and cooperation, making a donation of clothing at the "Center for an independent life" of Vitomirica, an Institute committed to supporting young disabled people.

The activity of assistance and cooperation was renewed also on New Year's Eve, with the delivery of desks and chairs for the preparation of classrooms at the "Lorenc Mazrreku" youth center in Pec, all in order to build a future of civil coexistence starting from the young generations.

In 2013, the Italian contingent completed 21 CIMIC projects in favor of the Kosovo population of all ethnic groups. These projects range from the donation of equipment to local broadcasters of Radio Peja and Radio Gorazdevac to the construction of a playground for an elementary school, from the donation of computers and the establishment of computer rooms in various schools in the region to the donation of an ENT clinic. ophthalmic in a Serbian enclave. 2013 was a particularly important year for the stability of Kosovo, a year certainly rich in terms of the commitments sustained by the military of the Italian contingent deployed in this area.After years of controversy, last April 19, in Brussels, the government Pristina and Belgrade signed a historic agreement that will lead to normalization in relations between Serbian and Albanian entities in the Republic of Kosovo. The regularity of the Kosovo administrative elections in November was a test of maturity for the institutions Kosovar, but also a confirmation of how much is still necessary the contribution to the freedom of movement and the safety of the population guaranteed by the Italian military of KFOR who guaranteed the correct conduct of the electoral process. From the day of the deployment of KFOR, following resolution 1244 United Nations of 10 June 1999, to date, Kosovo has gone from being oneland of conflicts and ethnic tensions to a more stable and secure area. These advances have created the conditions for the North Atlantic Council to reduce over time the NATO force presence in Kosovo from an initial total of 50.000 men and women to a current one of around 5.000 from 31 different countries, despite periodic tensions, which express the complexity of the Kosovar reality, in 2013, in the sector of interest where the Italian "peacekeepers" have been operating for fourteen years, with the achievement of the stability conditions of the region and with the implementation of the preparation of the Kosovar police forces, reached the transfer to the local authorities of the responsibility for the safety of the important religious site of the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate of Pec - UNESCO heritage The transition process lasted four months and ended last September representing a significant result towards the improvement of conditions in Kosovo.

Source: EI