NATO strengthens its presence with 600 British soldiers | EUROtoday

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HAShen a closely armed assault happened on September 24, some 600 British soldiers shall be deployed to Kosovo to strengthen NATO’s presence on this former Serbian province, an Alliance spokesperson introduced on Sunday.

“The UK will deploy around 200 troops from the 1st Battalion of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, who will join 400 other UK troops already in Kosovo for exercises. Reinforcements will follow from other Alliance countries,” mentioned Dylan White, NATO spokesperson.

The 200 new deployments, along with the 400 already current for workout routines, come from a reserve drive made obtainable on the finish of the week to Kfor, the drive deployed by NATO in Kosovo, by the British military for deal with the renewed stress within the area. KFOR, current within the nation because the 1998-1999 struggle, stays the primary establishment liable for the nation’s safety, with 4,500 soldiers from 27 international locations.

“Achieving lasting peace”

“This decision follows the violent attack against the Kosovo police on September 24 and the growing tensions in the region,” he added, with out explicitly referring to American statements on Friday, warning of a Serbian navy deployment to the border of Kosovo.

NATO once more known as for calm on Sunday and demanded that Belgrade and Pristina return to the trail of dialogue as shortly as attainable, “the only way to achieve lasting peace”, in accordance with this spokesperson.

A Kosovar Albanian police officer was killed Sunday in an ambush in northern Kosovo, the place Serbs are the bulk in a number of cities. A shootout ensued, between Kosovar police particular forces and a closely armed Serbian commando. This is among the most critical escalations to have occurred in Kosovo lately.

Serbia refuses to acknowledge the independence of its former southern province, with an Albanian majority, a decade after a lethal struggle between Kosovar independence guerrillas and Serbian forces, which ended after a NATO bombing marketing campaign.