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YU opposition leader criticizes KFOR, UN

PRAGUE, Feb 1, 2000 -- (Reuters) A Yugoslav opposition leader said on Monday the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping force and the United Nations were failing in Kosovo, where non-Albanian citizens were suffering increasing violence.

"The international community, KFOR, the U.N. did not succeed, as after eight months life still is not back to normal, (and) the terrorism of Albanian extremists is growing," Vladan Batic, coordinator of the Yugoslav opposition umbrella group Alliance for Change, told a news conference in Prague.

"It is imperative to achieve human rights observance for the non-Albanian citizens of Kosovo," he said via a translator.

Killings and kidnappings of Serbs and other minorities in Kosovo are common despite the presence of more than 40,000 peacekeepers and nearly 2,000 international police sent to the province after NATO's 11-week bombing campaign drove out Serb forces last year.

Batic was meeting Czech government officials during his visit to Prague.




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