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Sunday, June 13, 1999 Published at 17:58 GMT 18:58 UK

World: Europe

Serbs flee Kosovo

As preparations are made for the return of ethnic-Albanian refugees to Kosovo, a growing number of ethnic-Serbs are continuing to leave the province.

Tens-of-thousands of Serbs are reported to have left or be preparing to leave Kosovo for Serbia and Montenegro the two parts of the Yugoslav republic -- Serb refugees arriving in Macedonia said they left Kosovo because they didn't trust NATO soldiers.

A spokesman for the United States defence department , Kevin Bacon, says that overall, the Serb military withdrawal from the province is going well. NATO says that around nine-thousand K-For troops now occupy a significant proportion of Zone One, an area in Kosovo which must be completely free of Serb forces by Tuesday night.

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