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Kosovo: NATO Sends Reinforcements To Border Zone

Pristina, 18 December 2000 (RFE/RL) -- British peacekeepers serving with Kosovo's NATO-led peacekeeping force have been sent to reinforce security on the province's tense frontier with southern Serbia. A spokesman, Major Tim Pierce, said today that around 150 troops had been sent to the boundary. The British troops have been put at the disposal of the US brigade trying to seal the frontier to ethnic Albanian insurgents, who have been transporting arms and men into southern Serbia's Presevo valley. Yesterday, US and Russian peacekeepers exchanged fire with unidentified attackers further north on the boundary.

No peacekeepers were hurt in the incident, which took place after the patrol had blown up a road used by the rebels to smuggle supplies to their forces inside Serbia.