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Yugoslavia: Top NATO Officials To Visit Kosovo


Pristina, Yugoslavia; 30 November 2000 (RFE/RL) - NATO Secretary-General George Robertson and the alliance's top military commander are due today to visit Kosovo. Robertson and U.S. General Joseph Ralston are expected to meet senior NATO commanders and ethnic Albanian leaders. The talks are expected to focus on ways to stop recent ethnic Albanian rebel incursions in border areas of Serbia.

Yesterday, NATO praised Yugoslav restraint in southern Serbia and pledged to cooperate with Yugoslavia in a crackdown on what it called ethnic Albanian "terrorist" activities.

Robertson said in a statement that incursions by ethnic Albanian rebels across the boundary between Kosovo and the rest of Serbia are a direct threat to NATO's mission in Kosovo.

Robertson detailed a six-point plan to end violence in the buffer zone between Kosovo and Serbia proper and pledged to cooperate with the new Yugoslav authorities on combating terrorist actions. But he said joint NATO and Yugoslav army patrols are not planned.

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