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Monday, November 8, 1999 Published at 15:42 GMT


Nato medals for Kosovo soldiers

British soldiers play a major role in the humanitarian effort

Soldiers who served in Kosovo during the Balkan crisis will be the first in the UK Army to receive Nato medals honouring their efforts.

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Soldiers from the Aldershot-based 101 Logistic Brigade will be the first in the British Army to be presented with the newly approved Nato Kosovo Medal.

One hundred men from the brigade were visited by Clare Short MP as the unit held an open day at its Hampshire garrison.

Corporal Robert Kadar, one of the soldiers receiving a medal, was mentioned in dispatches after coming under fire while patrolling in the town of Lipjan.

The 30-year-old, from Edgware, north London, shot dead a Serbian police inspector who opened fire on him as he was securing a post office.

[ image: Refugee camps were set up by 101 Logistic]
Refugee camps were set up by 101 Logistic
"I gave him four warnings, but I had no choice but to open fire and shoot him," he said.

One of their more high-profile roles within the Nato force was setting up and managing the refugee camps in Macedonia for fleeing Kosovo Albanians.

Ms Short, Secretary of State for International Development, first met the brigade during a visit refugee camps in Macedonia in April this year.

She said: "More and more we see our Armed Forces supporting efforts to restore peace and stability, and to help rebuild communities hit by war or natural disaster.

"The British Armed Forces, including many members of 101 Logistic Brigade, have rightly earned a high reputation for this work and I am delighted to be able to visit."

Ms Short was given a tour of the brigade's equipment and facilities by Brigadier Tim Cross, the unit's commanding officer.

She added: "If these people hadn't been there we would have had disease and death on the [Macedonian] border.

"They were fantastic and they deserve a medal."

The 101 Logistic Brigade is the most operationally active brigade in the British Army, providing support services to units on operations around the world.

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