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Kosovo riots prompt shift on rules for troops

Nato, the European Union and the United Nations are shifting their policy on Kosovo after criticism of their response to riots by ethnic Albanians in March, in which 19 Serbs died and hundreds of homes were destroyed. Nato countries have eliminated half the national “caveats” or rules of engagement that prevented soldiers in the troubled province from doing more to defend people and property during clashes between the majority Albanians and the minority Serb population. The changes mean troops in Kfor, the Nato-led, 36-nation force supporting the UN-led administration, are freer to move across the whole province and engage in crowd control. They are a central part of international efforts to address Kosovo’s problems ahead of elections next month and discussions about its final status in 2005.Full Story

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