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United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)



In June 1999, following a 78 day-long NATO campaign, the United Nations was tasked to govern Kosovo through its Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), with an unprecedented sweeping mandate to provide Kosovo with a “transitional administration while establishing and overseeing the development of provisional democratic self-governing institutions to ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants in Kosovo.”




In accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244, UNMIK established an international presence in Kosovo. Over the eight years since, as Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions of Self Government (PISG) were established and gained capacity to assume more responsibilities, UNMIK has moved back from an executive role to one of monitoring and support to local institutions. UNMIK, in its present form, is now into its final chapter before status resolution. 





UNMIK Police
UNMIK Police, together with the Kosovo Police Service (KPS), has successfully investigated 182,983 cases, established 33 police stations and 13 border/boundry control points, policing Kosovo for over eight years through a range of activities from beat patrols and traffic checks to sophisticated investigations into serious crimes. During this time, in cooperation with OSCE, 8,270 KPS officers have been recruited, trained and deployed through the chain of command from the police stations up to the Main Headquarters level and into various specialised police departments (as of November 2007).
• UNMIK Police Commissioner: Richard Monk from the United Kingdom.
• Frοm a peak of more than 3,300 police officers from more than 50 countries in the year 2001, UNMIK Police today (01 February 2008) has a greatly reduced presence of 1499 police officers from 31 countries.
• 499 Formed Police Units (FPU) from Pakistan, Romania, Poland, Ukraine (as of 01 February 2008).
• Specialized agencies, including Financial Investigation Unit (Guardia di Finanza), investigate misuse of public money and financial crime.
• Financial Information Centre (FIC) monitors financial transactions by banks, financial institutions and other entities as a check against money laundering operations.
The PSPU was the first Special Police Unit to
be deployed under the UN flag. This unit was
first deployed in Mitrovica in March 2000.The
unit is currently comprised of 114 officers.
Pakistan SPU at Mitrovica North Police Station
Kosovo Police Service
The Kosovo Police Service (KPS) has become a highly respected institution that enjoys the trust of its citizens. With KPS now holding the command of all 33 police stations and five out of six Regional Police Headquarters across Kosovo, UNMIK Police has assumed a supporting and monitoring role while retaining overall supervisory authority of the UNMIK Police Commissioner. Further transition continues.


  • Pristina
  • 1999 - todate

    Pakistan has provided civil police contingent comprising of 158 x personnel