YU army officer denies troop build-up

BELGRADE, Feb 22, 2000 -- (Reuters) A Yugoslav army officer on Monday denied a NATO allegation that Yugoslavia was massing troops in ethnic Albanian areas of southern Serbia.

"Only regular and planned activities are going on in the region," the officer, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

NATO Secretary-General George Robertson said earlier the Western military alliance had noticed that a large number of additional Yugoslav troops had moved into the area.

Robertson warned NATO would not tolerate any fresh conflict.

Albanian reports have spoken of harassment of ethnic Albanians, while Serb authorities have said they were facing Albanian terrorism spilling over from Kosovo.

Serb police were not available for immediate comment.

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