Friday, June 12, 2009

June 12th in Transatlantic History

This Friday again I will direct your attention to a historical event related to the transatlantic relations that happened on the same date. On June 12th 1999, in the aftermath of the bombing of Yugoslavia and the Kosovo War, the NATO-led Kosovo Force entered Kosovo with the UN-mandated responsibility of establishing a secure environment for the recently self-proclaimed, independent and partially recognized country.

KFOR entered Kosovo on June 12, 1999 under a United Nations mandate, two days after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1244. At the time of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, Kosovo was facing a grave humanitarian crisis, with military and paramilitary forces from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in daily engagement. Ethnic tensions were at their highest and the death toll had reached a historic high. Nearly one million people had fled Kosovo as refugees.[1]

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