Germany extends Kosovo deployment

27th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

The German cabinet has extended the time which German forces will spend in newly independent Kosovo

Berlin -- The German cabinet voted Tuesday to prolong the deployment of Nato-led German forces in Kosovo. Germany was one of many European Union states to recognise Kosovo following its declaration of independence in February.

German troops presently work alongside a multinational force and the United Nations to  prevent clashes between the majority ethnic-Albanian groups and the few thousand Serbs living in the province. There are 2870 German troops in the country, contributing to the Nato KFOR force of 16,000.

The decision is expected to be ratified by parliament next week. Germany has a sizable population of ethnic Albanians who moved to the country during the 1990s to escape the Serbian nationalist regime of Slobodan Milosevic. Througout the 1990s the region's ethnic-Albanians were victims of intimidation and in some cases ethnic cleansing until an invasion by Nato troops in 1999. Expatica

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