Greece cuts troop numbers in Kosovo

The Greek army has stated that it will considerably reduce its presence in the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.

This comes as Athens is fighting a large debt crisis, the Albanian language media in Priština reported on Friday.

More than 600 soldiers and the accompanying personnel will be gradually withdrawn from Kosovo starting from November, in accordance with the wider plan for the withdrawal of the peacekeeping NATO force, Greek Army spokesman Nikos Bonoras was quoted as saying.

“The planned general reduction of KFOR troops from 10,000 to 2,000 makes the job easier for us,” Bonoras said.

Should the security situation allow it, KFOR will reduce its troops in Kosovo to 5,000, said reports.

At the beginning of the year KFOR reduced its troops to 10,000 soldiers.

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