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Chief of NATO MLO in Belgrade-We respect Serbia’s military neutrality

February 6, 2023

The new chief of the NATO Military Liaison Office (MLO) in Belgrade, Italian Brigadier General Giampiero Romano, said the Alliance fully respects the proclaimed policy of military neutrality of Serbia and its sovereign right to choose its own path.

Romano told the daily Kurir that NATO and Serbia are not only partners but also neighbors since, as he noted, all countries in the Balkans are members of the Alliance and some of them are also members of the European Union (EU).

For the past 16 years NATO and Serbia have been developing a mutually beneficial partnership, with full respect for Serbia’s policy of military neutrality, he said, adding that everything that is being done is based on Serbia’s requests and “tailored to its needs.”

Romano said that the KFOR mission in Kosovo is fully capable of continuing to carry out its mandate, in accordance with the 1999 UN Security Council Resolution 1244, and that is to ensure a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all the communities in Kosovo.

He added that KFOR contributes to security in Kosovo and stability throughout the region “in an impartial and reliable manner.”

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/chief-of-nato-mlo-in-belgrade-we-respect-serbias-military-neutrality/

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