Throughout 1998 and into early 1999 HQ ARRC focused increasingly on the deteriorating situation in Kosovo. Reconnaissance and planning efforts for Operation JOINT GUARDIAN covered a broad spectrum of options ranging from a two-corps forced entry, to a reinforced peacekeeping division commanded by COMARRC as Commander Kosovo Force (COMKFOR).
In February 1999 initial elements of the headquarters deployed to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) with the rest of the headquarters following in March. After intense diplomatic negotiations, United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1244 and the subsequent signing of the Military Technical Agreement (MTA) enabled KFOR to deploy into Kosovo. The ARRC spent eight months deployed in FYROM and Kosovo.
The current mission in Kosovo today:
Under the authority of the United Nations (UNSCR 1244) NATO has been leading a peace support operation in Kosovo since 12 June 1999 in support of wider international efforts to build peace and stability in the area. KFOR's mission is to:
• Establish a secure environment and ensure public safety and order
• Support and coordinate the international humanitarian effort and civil presence
• Support the development of a stable, democratic, multi-ethnic and peaceful Kosovo
• Support the development of the Kosovo Security Force