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24 February, 1999
Three US and one French warship are expected to anchor in Thessaloniki's port over the next 24 hours, port officials said yesterday.
The same sources said the vessels were "most probably" connected to the transfer of a NATO force to Kosovo in case of an agreement between the Yugoslav government and ethnic Albanians separatists in the strife-torn region.
The US forces may also be present to participate in military war games, scheduled for the northern Aegean on Feb. 25.
Thessaloniki will be a transit point for the 4,000 US troops participating in any NATO force in Kosovo.
According to sources, both the city's airport and port will be involved in the transfer of the troops.
The French ship, carrying military vehicles, is expected to dock at the city's port at 9 a.m.
Source: Athens News Agency