Some weeks ago, Major General Ferenc Kajári took over the command of the Kosovo Force (KFOR), NATO’s largest and longest-running mission as the first Hungarian general. The recent period of time has been busy and full of content for the new commander.
During the visits paid to Kosovo’s highest-ranking state leaders, President of the Republic Vjosa Osmani and Prime Minister Albin Kurti, the discussions focused on the security situation of the country and the strengthening of future cooperation. Also on the agenda were various initiatives aimed primarily at supporting local communities.
The provision of a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement are among KFOR’s main tasks. The new COMKFOR held a discussion with Lieutenant General Rrahman Rama, the commander of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), and the two agreed that in the following year they would come into and maintain contact at the levels of commanders and command sergeant majors as well. They also discussed current issues in regional security, which were also touched on during the introductory visits paid to Kosovan Defence Minister Armend Mehaj and Ambassador Tomáš Szunyog, European Union Special Representative (EUSR).
During the visits, Major General Kajári assured his negotiating partners that the 26th KFOR rotation would continue going on the path paved by its predecessors. The future goals will include preserving and fostering the values already achieved by the mission, namely recognition, impartiality and reliability. The major general announced his expectations and taskings also at the meeting of senior national representatives.
Following the guidance given at a staff meeting held after arrival, the members of the staff supporting the commander have created the working conditions and taken over and started executing their tasks in cooperation with servicemembers of other nations.
The first tasks include the revision and specification of the operations order for KFOR’s area of operations, and the tackling of numerous challenges presented by the organization of regular visits in this international environment.