Brigade - Northeast is deployed in the northern region
of Kosovo and has its headquarters in Mitrovica. Since
January 28th 2003, the MNB (NE) Commander is French General
Two features of MNB (NE)'s AOR (Area of Responsibility) are very
important. On the one hand, northern Kosovo is the economic heart
of Kosovo as the TREPCA'S Kombinat illustrates; on the other hand,
MNB (NE)'s AOR is also the most multiethnic area. According to the
OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), as of
September 2002, there are approximately 330,500 inhabitants in MNB
(NE)'s AOR: 263,000 Kosovar Albanians; 59,000 Kosovar Serbs; and
about 8,500 from other ethnic groups.
Although the MNB (NE)'s AOR is the most multiethnic one in Kosovo,
statistics show that it has the lowest crime rate. There have been
no significant inter-ethnic problems since February 2001. The vast
majority of the population aspires to living in peace and to contributing
to the efforts of KFOR (Kosovo Forces) and UNMIK (United Nations
Mission in Kosovo) in rebuilding Kosovo.
KFOR is represented
- 5 French
and a unit of the French gendarmerie
- The command
and support battalion (BCT)
- The French
battalion (BATFRA), Motorized rifle and mechanized infantry
- The combat
support battalion. (BATAPPUI)
- The engineer
- The logistic
- 1 Belgian
soldiers from Luxembourg, 1
and 1 Ukrainian company
- 1 Danish
including 1 Lithuanian company
- 1 Moroccan
hospital based in Mitrovica that's dedicated to providing medical
assistance to the civilian population. It is composed of
doctors, nurses and soldiers, reinforced by a company whose mission
is to secure the minority communities in south Vucitrn/Vushtri.
- 1 Greek
of MNB (NE) is to:
and maintain a secure environment.
verify the Military Technical Agreement (MTA).
assistance to UNMIK, in order to facilitate peace and stability
- On the security
side, the brigade provides patrols, checkpoints, escorts and intelligence
by an efficient layout of troops that allows a permanent contact
with the population so as to anticipate or to react with determination.
- On the civilian-military
cooperation side, the brigade acts in close cooperation with international
and non-governmental organizations through its CIMIC (Civil Military
Co-operation). The CIMIC notably provides medical assistance to
the population and transports goods and food to isolated villages.
It also takes part in the rebuilding of infrastructures by providing
supplies and expertise.
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