Serbia Info
NATO countries not ready to pursue KFOR policy

March 01, 2000

London, March 1st (Tanjug) - Leading NATO countries that have troops in the international mission in Kosovo-Metohija are not ready to follow the joint KFOR command, it was said in London today.

Every military unit, above all, follows the policy of its government and most instructions of the KFOR command are not carried out, the London Guardian said.

The newspaper illustrated this with the fact that KFOR Commander Gen. Klaus Reinhardt and the head of the UN Civilian Mission (UNMIK), Bernard Kouchner, had issued instructions for "the unification of the ethnically divided Kosovska Mitrovica."

The French forces command, which is responsible for northern Kosovo-Metohija, does not, however, intend to carry out those instructions, the Guardian claimed.

A practical siege of Kosovska Mitrovica and rigorous control of the northern part of the town where the Serbian population is concentrated have not been accepted and the French troops continue to perform their duties as they have in the past. That practically means that, for the time being, the so-called unification of Kosovska Mitrovica will not take place.

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