EU nations give final go-ahead to send policing mission to Kosovo

European Union nations agreed Saturday to send a 1,800-strong mission to Kosovo, a day before an expected declaration of independence by the province's ethnic Albanian leadership. The mission will be put in place over four months to replace a United Nations administration and is designed to help build police, justice and customs systems for Kosovo free of political interference. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said the plan included the appointment of veteran Dutch diplomat Pieter Feith as the EU special representative in Kosovo and retired French Lt. Gen. Yves de Kermabon as head of mission. De Kermabon was commander of NATO's KFOR mission, responsible for maintaining security in Kosovo, in 2004-2005.