Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission

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The Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission (KDOM) was a group of independent observers sent to Kosovo during the Kosovo War.

In a compromise agreement between Slobodan Milosevic and Boris Yeltsin in June 1998, the Serb government agreed to accept an independent observer mission. This was initially a group of approximately fifty diplomats from different countries, who acted as observers in Kosovo and relayed information to the international community. Embassy staff were augmented with additional military and diplomatic personnel. Canada called their involvement Operation Perseverance.[1]

The KDOM reported that Serb forces continued widespread attacks even after Resolution 1199; in particular, KDOM reported on atrocities around Pristina: "KDOM reported that the bodies of several women and children had been found near the village of Gornje Obrinje to the west of Pristina. The victims had been shot in the back of the head at close range as they tried to escape."[2]

KDOM succeeded in brokering ceasefires around Pristina, encouraging the withdrawal of some Serb tanks and armoured vehicles from Kosovo.[3]

In September, the Kosovo Verification Mission was set up to replace the KDOM;[4] it was augmented by Operation Eagle Eye which provided additional evidence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation PERSERVERANCE [sic]". Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kosovo: The Diplomatic and Military Options" (PDF). House of Commons. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Serb tanks 'withdrawing'". BBC. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission Daily Report; 30 Dec.". Reliefweb. Retrieved 28 October 2012.