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hovedvakta i butmir leir the main guard in camp butmirhovedvakta i butmir leir the main guard in camp butmirhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/arkiv_1998__725_document.JPGhttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5795A Norwegian soldier from the Telemark Battalion in the main guard in camp Butmir, Sarajevo in 1998. Photo by Torgeir Haugaard, Norwegian Armed Forces.
norske styrker bidrar med fire operative bell helikopter til kfor i kosovo.assigned forces from norway gives support of four operative bell helicopters to kfor in kosovo.norske styrker bidrar med fire operative bell helikopter til kfor i kosovo.assigned forces from norway gives support of four operative bell helicopters to kfor in kosovo.http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/arkiv_fms2005_1810_document.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5794In 2005, Norwegian forces contributed with four operative Bell 412 helicopters to KFOR in Kosovo. Photo by Mariann Dybdahl, Norwegian Armed Forces.
NATO-hovedkvarteret i SarajevoNATO-hovedkvarteret i Sarajevohttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/tk7529-2.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=135NATO's headquarter in Sarajevo. Photo by Torbjørn Kjosvold, Norwegian Armed Forces

Balkans

The Norwegian Armed Forces have played an active part in stabilising the Balkans since the 1990s.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Bosnia and Herzegovina 

NATO's operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina was established in 1992 to secure peace and stability in the region. After the Cold War, Yugoslavia gradually dissolved. This resulted in conflict and war between the different ethnic groups, and the international community intervened. 

From 1995, NATO's main task has been to control and enforce the peace agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to provide support and advice in the modernisation of the country's armed forces. 

Norway has participated in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1992, and is still present in the country. Today, the Norwegian Armed Forces have one officer in a key position at the NATO Headquarters in the capital Sarajevo. ​

Kosovo

Norway has participated with personnel to the Kosovo Force (KFOR) since 1999. The background for the NATO-led K​​​​osovo Force was ethnical conflict in Kosovo. The UN intervened and authorised a NATO force with the right to use force. 

The KFOR was one of the largest Norwegian military contributions for several decades. At the most, around 1,400 Norwegian soldiers participated in KFOR. 

Today, Norway has three officers at the KFOR Headquarters in the Kosovar capital Pristina. 

Published 21 March 2016 14:31.. Last updated 02 September 2016 12:37.