Sunday, June 13, 1999 Published at 17:29 GMT 18:29 UK
German Nato troops face Serbs
Serb soldiers confront the German Nato contingent
There have been tense confrontations between German troops and Serbian army soldiers in southern Kosovo.
But a few miles into Kosovo, they had to confront retreating Serbian soldiers.
The Germans had been greeted with cheers and applause as they drove over the same border crossing that for the past two months has been the main exit route for ethnic Albanians being expelled from Kosovo.
The Serbian border post was looted and customs officials' uniforms were burnt.
Almost 100 Serbian soldiers, some of them snipers, came down from their positions in the hills and handed in their weapons.
BBC correspondent Clive Myrie, who witnessed the incident, decribes them as looking " tired and dejected - a defeated army."
Ethnic Albanians shouted obscenities at them as they walked up the road.
One Serb soldier fired a round from his Kalashnikov into the air. Another attacked a man by the roadside, beating and kicking him.
All this was in full view of the German peacekeepers who stepped in.
The Serbian soldiers then retreated towards the border, jumping into trucks which were spat at by jeering crowds shouting "Fascists".
The Serb security forces have until Tuesday to leave the sourthern part of Kosovo and head north towards Belgrade.
German troops have the task of patrolling and making safe the southern area of Kosovo over the next few months in readiness for several hundred thousand refugees who will be returning home.