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12 December, 1998
A French navy vessel yesterday began unloading vehicles of a NATO force destined for deployment in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
According to NATO planners, the multinational force will supposedly provide protection, if necessary, to international observers monitoring the peace accord in the neighboring Serbian province of Kosovo. The vehicles, numbering several dozen, are to r each the NATO-designated base at Koumanovo, near FYROM's border with Yugoslavia, by road. Sources said more NATO ships with armoured vehicles and other military equipment are expected to reach the port of Thessaloniki today. The allied force consi sts of about 1,600 men, of which 750 are French, 250 German, and the rest Italian and Dutch.
Source: Athens News Agency