Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 15, 2008 11:54 ET

Canadian Forces to Deploy to Kosovo

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2008) - The Government of Canada is making a commitment to peace and stability in the Balkans by deploying Canadian Forces personnel to Kosovo as part of the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) for approximately twelve months.

"Canada, alongside its allies, is proud to support the people of Kosovo as they start a new period in their history," said the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. "Our government is utilizing the special expertise of the Canadian Forces to make a lasting impact on Kosovo's democratic transition."

Five CF members will work as defence planners at KFOR Headquarters, where they will be responsible for the management and streamlining of funds and equipment received from donor countries.

"The Canadian Forces' contribution will provide KFOR, NATO's second largest mission, with well trained and experienced personnel who will make a lasting contribution to Kosovo's future security," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff.

Kosovo declared independence on February 17, 2008, with Canada recognizing Kosovo's independence on March 18, 2008. With a new constitution that came into force on June 18th, 2008, Kosovo has begun the process of standing up state institutions.

The new deployment builds on the work of thousands of CF personnel who were deployed to the Balkans during Operation Quadrant and Operation Kinetic.

Further information on all current and past missions is available on the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM) website (www.cefcom.forces.gc.ca).

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