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NATO deploys additional forces to Kosovo

Ready to move in seven days

30 May, 16:42
(ANSA-AFP) - ROME, MAY 30 - NATO said on Tuesday it was deploying extra forces to Kosovo after clashes in the north of the country in which 30 soldiers from a NATO-led peacekeeping force were injured. "The deployment of additional NATO forces to Kosovo is a prudent measure to ensure that KFOR (the Kosovo Force) has the capabilities it needs to maintain security in accordance with our UN Security Council mandate," said Admiral Stuart B. Munsch, commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples. "I want to commend KFOR for taking swift, restrained and professional action to intervene to stop the unrest and to save lives. "The violence must stop and all sides must stop taking actions to undermine the peace in any and all communities of Kosovo." NATO said it was deploying the Operational Reserve Forces (ORF) for the Western Balkans, who would be ready to move within seven days. (ANSA-AFP).

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