(VELINO) Roma, 29 Sep - The Commander of the Kosovo Force(KFOR), Major General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo and the ItalianAmbassador to Kosovo, Andreas Ferrarese, have recently held ameeting in Pristina. Talks addressed, in particular, thecurrent situation in the country and the fundamental roleplayed by KFOR in guaranteeing security and freedom ofmovement, the necessary premises for the region's development.Ambassador Ferrarese emphasised the significant contributionthe Italian Armed Forces, present in Kosovo since 1999, haveprovided to NATO in stabilising this delicate area in theBalkans, one of the most important regions from a geopoliticaland strategic viewpoint for Italy. "KFOR and all the men andwomen serving in the Italian contingent have always guaranteedsecurity and encouraged Kosovo's economic, social and politicaldevelopment as well as that of the entire Balkan area" said theambassador, adding that, "our armed forces, have with theirwork contributed to create stable and secure conditions whichhave encouraged Italian investors to increase their presence inKosovo with important benefits for the area." Italy is one ofthe main supporters of NATO's mission in Kosovo, with about 550soldiers deployed there, and is leading the mission for thesecond year in a row with Major General Figliuolo commandingover 5,000 soldiers from 31 different countries. vel.