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March 19, 2004


: NATO | 18:24 | Reuters

A general view of the Serb village of Svinjare near Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo, Friday March 19, 2004, where burning houses smolder. The ongoing violence in Kosovo amounts to "ethnic cleansing", a top NATO officer said Friday, warning that the alliance will not allow it to continue. Foto: FONET

PRISTINA -- Friday -- A senior NATO commander said today that Kosovo Albanian attacks on Serb villages this week were not far from turning into "ethnic cleansing".

Almost a thousand Serbs living in isolated villages among the majority Albanian communities in Kosovo have fled in the last three days as houses and churches were torched by Albanians despite a heavy presence of international peacekeepers.

"This kind of activity actually almost amounts to ethnic cleansing and it cannot go on," US commander of NATO forces for Southern Europe, Gregory Johnson, told reporters in Kosovo's capital Pristina.
"That's why we came here in the first place."