The article discusses two of episodes in which I was directly involved. The first concerns the protection and safeguarding of Orthodox monasteries in the territory of Kosovar starting in 1999 during the NATO operation in Kosovo. In particular, the Visoki Decani Monastery is a large monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church 12 kilometers south of the city of Peć where the Italian Army Brigade had its headquarters. The Monastery is the largest medieval church in the Balkans and contains the largest surviving Byzantine fresco. The second concerns the reconstruction and reopening of the Mostar Bridge in 2004 during the NATO operation in Bosnia Herzegovina. The bridge called Stari Most is a 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar that spans the Neretva River to join the two parts of the city divided by the river. It was destroyed during the Bosnian war on the morning of 9 November 1993. Under the control of the NATO peacekeeping units it was rebuilt and reopened on 2004.
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