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16 January, 2001
National defense minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos said Monday that one in 10 senior and junior officers and three in 10 soldiers serving in Greece's contingent in Kosovo wished to cut short their tour and return to Greece.
In an interview published in Monday's edition of 'TA NEA' afternoon daily, Tsohatzopoulos added that all such applications for cutting short the six-month tours "will be satisfied".
Tsohatzopoulos, who visited the Greek contingent to the international Kosovo peacekeeping force (KFOR) on Friday, also said that a credible and objective picture of the situation in Kosovo -- amid growing concern that depleted uranium (DU) contained in bombs dropped by NATO during its 1999 campaign in the troubled Serbian province was causing cancer-related illnesses among peacekeepers -- would be available in about a week to 10 days when the results of studies conducted by Greece's atomic energy research facility Demokritos were ready.
According to figures recently released by the defense ministry, 1,481 men and women serve in the all-volunteer Greek contingent in Kosovo.
Source: Athens News Agency