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Updated: 03-Jan-2000 KFOR Press Updates

Pristina,
Kosovo

25 Dec. 1999

KFOR Press Update

by Lieutenant-Commander Philip Anido, KFOR Spokesman

Pristina to Skopje Highway Closes for Snow Clearing

The main highway between Pristina and Skopje will be closed today to all road traffic in both directions near the Blace border crossing, to allow KFOR crews to clear away the snow and ice. The more than 35 tractor-trailer trucks that have been abandoned by their drivers will be towed off the road.

The road closure began at midnight last night for commercial trucks, and at 5 a.m. this morning all northbound traffic from FYROM was halted before the border. At 6 a.m. southbound traffic was also halted inside Kosovo some six km north of the border.

The highway will reopen by 7 p.m. to night. Officials say that if the work goes smoothly, traffic may start to move earlier.

Events and incidents in Kosovo during the last 24 hours:

Road conditions

Today all major highways in Kosovo are in good condition, except for the main Pristina to Skopje highway near the Balce border crossing as explained above.

High Profile Visitors to KFOR

Two high level officials visited the Commander KFOR, General Dr. Claus Reinhardt, yesterday to bring Christmas greetings and to a gain first-hand understanding of the NATO-led security operations in Kosovo. They included the German Defence Minister, Rudolf Scharping and the Russian Defence Minister, General Igor Sergeyev.

"It is very important that influential leaders visit Kosovo to see, first hand, how the security operation is going," says General Dr. Claus Reinhardt, Commander KFOR.

Following his discussions with the Commander, General Sergeyev said that he was satisfied with what KFOR has achieved over the past six months.

Weapons confiscated and arrests made

In Multinational Brigade Centre last night, one pistol was confiscated by KFOR British troops at a vehicle checkpoint. UNMIK Police arrested two Albanian men.

Grenade Attack

Yesterday evening just after 7 p.m., two grenades were thrown at a house in the Serbian quarter of the town of Orahovac in Multinational Brigade South. One grenade went off but one failed. There were no injuries, however Military and UNMIK police are investigating.

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