Kosovo Verification Mission


January 27, 2022

The Kosovo Verification Mission was a body of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe composed of a large group of unarmed peacekeepers formed in 1998. The reason for the formation of this mission are the conflicts that took place in Kosovo and Metohija in 1998 between the police of the Republic of Serbia and the Yugoslav Army on the one hand and members of the KLA on the other. KVM was formed after the signing of the Holbrooke-Milosevic agreement in October 1998.

Formation and goals

At the 193rd Plenary Session of the Permanent Council on October 25, 1998, the Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM) was established by a decision of the OSCE Permanent Council with the aim of ascertaining the actions of the conflicting parties in Kosovo and Metohija. calls Kosovo) in Serbia and their compliance with the provisions of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1199. The KVM was supposed to report on the observed activities to the UN Security Council and the authorities in the FRY. In addition to this general goal, there were other goals and individual tasks aimed at preserving peace and security. The exact list of tasks is specified in a special agreement on the Kosovo Verification Mission, signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the FRY and the OSCE Chairman-in-Office.

William Walker

On October 17, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Bronislav Geremek, appointed William Walker of the United States as the head of the OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission. Shortly before this appointment, William Walker served as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General as Head of the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAES) in Eastern Slavonia, Croatia.



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