Ferenc Kajári, a major general of the Hungarian armed forces, took over command of NATO’s KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo on Friday.
According to MTI, Kajári, the first Hungarian to serve as a KFOR commander overseeing troops from 20 NATO and 8 partner countries, will fulfil his duties from November 1 over a period of 12 months. Addressing a formal ceremony in Pristina, Kajári called it a great honor to serve in the post and expressed his commitment towards continuing the work of Franco Federici, his predecessor. He said KFOR was the largest force in the region that was prepared to and capable of intervening in the interest of resolving security concerns, adding that his task as KFOR chief will be working towards resolving any conflicts in the region peacefully.
Kajári served on international missions before, first in IFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996 and later as a European Union adviser to the African Union’s mission to Sudan. He worked later in northern Afghanistan as chief of reconnaissance.
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