Germany to send 180 police officers to EULEX mission in Kosovo
(dpa) - The German cabinet decided Wednesday to commit up to 180 police officers to the European Union's EULEX policing and judicial mission in Kosovo.
The full EULEX complement would total a minimum of 1,829 staff, of whom 1,400 would be police and the rest judicial officers and customs officers, government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said.
The EU's aim was to establish judicial, policing and customs systems that were multi-ethnic and in compliance with international standards, he added.
The EULEX personnel would play a largely advisory role but would also have limited executive powers, Wilhelm said.
EULEX - the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo - was approved by the European Council in December last year.
Serbia opposes the mission, which is headed by former French general Yves de Kermabon, 59.