Kosovo* remains contaminated by mines, cluster munitions (CM) and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) as a result of the conflict between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Kosovo** Liberation Army in the late 1990s, and the military intervention of NATO in 1999. An estimated 45 million square meters of land was mine and cluster affected, yet still today new areas are being found as mine and/or cluster suspect.
What we do
ITF’s main clearance activities in Kosovo* were performed throughout 2000–2001, yet on a smaller scale they still continue. By the end of 2013, through ITF projects, nearly 6 square kilometers of land were cleared on 60 locations with nearly 2,500 mines and 1,600 UXO (unexploded ordnance) found and destroyed. In 2015, ITF deployed two mine detection dog teams from MDDC in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) that conducted final quality control of 3,000 square meters of land at the demining task Secishte in Kosovo*.
ITF is currently implementing a project of socio-economic rehabilitation of survivors of mines and UXO through which assistance will be provided to 40 mine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) survivors. The project is aimed at improving their quality of life, wellbeing, facilitating and enhancing their active participation in social environments.
ITF was actively involved in structure support for all those years of activities in Kosovo*, particularly through regional training activities, as well as through the provision of equippment and training of Kosovo* Protection Forces.