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Sunday, August 16, 1998 Published at 23:04 GMT 00:04 UK


World: Europe

Serbian police spokesman says Kosovo now free of KLA


A Serbian police spokesman Colonel Bozidar Filichas said the fall of the last major outpost of the ethnic-Albanian separatist group, the Kosovo Liberation Army, means that Serbian forces now have free movement throughout Kosovo.

The outpost at Junik fell on Sunday after a siege lasting almost three weeks.

Correspondents say its loss is a huge blow to the KLA as Junik was its main conduit for weapons smuggling and distribution.

The KLA says it is regrouping and will continue fighting.

A BBC correspondent in Kosovo says it is doubtful if the Serbian forces can exercise effective control throughout the province where over ninety per cent of the inhabitants are ethnic Albanians.

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