The area -- which is patrolled by 4,000 troops from eight countries -- was until today under German Army control.
Most of the soldiers deployed in southern Kosovo come from Germany, Turkey, Austria, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Netherlands.
Turkey took over the command as part of a normal rotation.
Pro-independence graffiti in Prishtina (epa)
FINALLY STATUS? Sabine Freizer, director of the Crisis Group's Europe Program, told an RFE/RL briefing that deep divisions in the UN Security Council make it uncertain what form Kosovo's future status might take.
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