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Swisscoy force in Kosovo boosted for lead role

The number of Swiss peacekeepers in Kosovo will be temporarily boosted as they prepare to take on a leading role at the multinational Kfor mission.

The cabinet approved an increase of 15 staff members for the 220-strong Swisscoy contingent, according to the defence ministry.

As of next January Switzerland will be in charge of a joint regional unit of liaison and monitoring teams in the north of Kosovo for 12 months.

Swisscoy has been stationed in Kosovo since 1999.

In June parliament approved a three-year extension of the mandate of the Swiss peacekeeping force in Kosovo. The troops, which are armed for self-defence, do not join peace enforcement operations.

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