North Macedonian soldier died in Kosovo as a peacekeeper

The NATO-led Kosovo peacekeeping mission says a soldier from North Macedonia has died

Pristina, Kosovo-The NATO-led Kosovo peacekeeping mission said on Saturday that a soldier from North Macedonia has died.

The Kosovo Force delegation said the male soldier died Friday in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, in circumstances unrelated to the fighting. A KFOR statement did not provide the cause of death or any personal details.

“NATO mourns the death of a soldier and we are here to support his friend. His soldiers, sailors and pilots continue to perform brave missions authorized by the United Nations,” the statement said.

North Macedonia joined NATO in 2020. The KFOR mission includes approximately 4,000 soldiers from 28 countries.

After the bloody war between the Serbian army and ethnic Albanian separatists ended in 78 days of NATO airstrikes, NATO troops have been stationed in Kosovo since 1999.

Kosovo was a province of Serbia until it declared independence in 2008. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence, and relations between the two countries are still tense.