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Greek armored infantry company to reinforce KFOR in Mitrovica

ATHENS, Feb 28, 2000 -- (AFP) A light armored infantry company of about 100 Greek soldiers will reinforce NATO-led peacekeepers Monday in the flashpoint town of Kosovska Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, army headquarters announced Sunday.

Their transfer from Urosevac, south of the Kosovo provincial capital Pristina, is part of a rotation of troops within the Kosovo Force (KFOR) to beef up its presence in the divided northern city, the army said.

Mitrovica was the site of deadly clashes about two weeks ago, which pitted ethnic Albanians against KFOR troops who were guarding the town's central bridge across the River Ibar.

U.S. forces were pelted with stones and bottles by Serbs after they began searching for weapons in the town's northern neighborhoods.

It will be the Greek troops' third mission in the town, as units were posted there January 26-30, and February 15-19 in the midst of the latest unrest.




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