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Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 19:29 GMT 20:29 UK

World: Europe

NATO appoints new head for KFOR

A German general, Klaus Reinhardt, has been nominated as head of the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo, KFOR.

A NATO statement said General Reinhardt - who until last year headed NATO-led forces in Bosnia - would replace the British KFOR commander, Mike Jackson, next month.

Correspondents say the appointment of the fifty-eight-year-old German coincides with an alarming deterioration in the situation for minority groups in Kosovo over the past two months.

A report by the United Nations refugee agency, the UNCHR, and the OSCE, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, says many Serbs and Gypsies are continuing to leave Kosovo because of violence and discrimination.

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