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Nato deploys reserves in Kosovo

Nato is activating its operational reserves in Kosovo after a week of violence between the government and members of the Serbian minority.

Spokeswoman Carmen Romero said the reason for the deployment was to relieve Nato forces currently engaged in maintaining security.

She declined to discuss the size of the reserve force, but officials said a battalion-sized unit had been activated.

Nato still has nearly 6,000 troops based in Kosovo, 12 years after the war that ended Serbia's rule there.

The violence was sparked by a Kosovo police action to control two disputed crossings with Serbia. After police withdrew, a mob of Serb militants set one border post ablaze and fired on Nato peacekeepers sent to restore order.

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