12 November 2006

Senior NATO officials visit Kosovo

Associated Press, Friday, October 20, 2006 3:47 AM

PRISTINA, Serbia-Senior NATO officials will inspect the alliance's military bases in Kosovo on Friday.

About 40 officials representing NATO member nations are to meet with the top NATO official in Kosovo, German Lt. Gen. Roland Kather, said alliance spokesman Lt. Col. Hubert Schmidt.

NATO peacekeepers are serving in an alliance-led mission numbering around 16,000 troops. The force, known as KFOR, began operating after a NATO air war helped end a Serb crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists in 1999.

Kosovo has been under the control of a U.N. administration since the end of the war. U.N.-mediated talks are under way to determine if it will become independent or remain part of Serbia.