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Saturday, June 26, 1999 Published at 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK


World: Europe

Demobilisation in Montenegro begins


The Yugoslav army has begun dismantling road blocks and demobilising reserve forces in Montenegro following the decision by the authorities in Belgrade to lift the state of war imposed three months ago.

Local media reports said fifteen-thousand army reservists were due to be demobilised in the next couple of days, but three thousand others would remain.

The Montenegrin government has expressed concern about those left; it says they say could be used as a rival police force loyal to Belgrade and a new source of tension between Montenegro and the Federal authorities. Montenegro, Serbia's smaller partner in the federal republic of Yugoslavia, has often warned of the threat to its stability from Yugoslav troops and has trained its own police force as a defence against what it says is constant interference in its affairs from Belgrade.

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