In the last phase of the wars on the Balkan at the end of the last
and beginning of this century the Serbs, claiming old rights and defending
the Serb minority, invaded Kosovo. The Kosovars fled in great numbers.
Cruel incidents were reported. Nato decided to intervene. The Netherlands
participated with troops for miltary assistance.
After return home a lot of military personell did not qualify for a
UN-medal becuase they served a few days less than the required six months.
Disappointed soldiers returned all their medals. To avoid massive discontent
the Minister of Defence decided all military personell serving in Kosovo
was entitled to recieve the "Kosovo-medal"`. The reverse of
the medal shows the words: "uit erkentelijkheid, de Minister van
Defensie" (For gratitude, the Minister of Defence)