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Statement by NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson on attacks against KFOR troops in Kosovska Mitrovica

I am deeply concerned over the deliberate attack on French KFOR soldiers in Kosovska Mitrovica this weekend. This attack was a shameful and cowardly act. It will only serve the interests of Milosevic by perpetuating a climate of instability in the Province.

Let there be no doubt: KFOR will not tolerate attacks on its forces by anyone. The robust response of KFOR soldiers is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our determination to protect our forces and stop the perpetrators of violence in Kosovo.

I would remind all parties in Kosovo that it was NATO that put an end to organized ethnic cleansing and, through KFOR, has worked to restore peace and stability for all ethnic groups in the province. KFOR will not be deterred from this mission.