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Yugoslavia: 10,000 Ethnic Albanians March On Mitrovica

Pristina, 21 February 2000 (RFE/RL) - RFE/RL's correspondent in Kosovo says tens of thousands of ethnic Albanian protesters are marching from Pristina to the northern city of Mitrovica today. The marchers are protesting the de facto partition of Mitrovica and escalating violence there. UN authorities say only a small delegation will be allowed into the city for security reasons after completing the 40 kilometer hike.

Meanwhile, KFOR peacekeepers from 12 countries today are continuing door-to-door searches for weapons and ammunition on both sides of the divided city. More than 150 U.S. soldiers crossed into the mostly Serbian northern side of the city early today, despite an attack by an angry crowd against them yesterday.

A KFOR spokesman says searches in northern Mitrovica yesterday uncovered more than a dozen AK-47s along with stores of ammunition and explosives. No weapons were found yesterday on the city's mostly ethnic Albanian south side.