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08STATE18361
2008-02-24 21:13:00
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Secretary of State
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TFKV01: KOSOVO TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO. 17

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR AMGT CD
SUBJECT: TFKV01: KOSOVO TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO. 17


POLICE PRESENCE INCREASED AT EMBASSY BELGRADE
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1. (SBU) Embassy Belgrade reports Serbian authorities
deployed two armored vehicles and 60 riot police to the
Chancery, following the USG's request for additional
protective measures. Post could reopen as early as
February 26. (Kosovo TF/Embassy Belgrade telcon and e-
mail)

NORTH KOSOVO PROTESTS DIMINISH


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2. (SBU) U.S. Office Pristina reports KFOR and UNMIK
removed two roadblocks placed by demonstrators and
reasserted control over border crossings. UN officials
note Serbia may remove its customs officers from the
border February 26. (Kosovo TF/U.S. Office Pristina
telcon, Kosovo TF/Embassy Belgrade telcon and e-mail)

MEDVEDEV TO ARRIVE IN BELGRADE FEBRUARY 25


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3. (SBU) The Serbian Government announced the Russian
Deputy Prime Minister will meet with PM Kostunica and
others. (Kosovo TF/Embassy Belgrade telcon and e-mail)

SOME SERB PARTICIPATION IN KOSOVO POLICE SERVICE


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4. (SBU) U.S. Office Pristina reports ethnic Serb and
Albanian police officers are working together in the
southern Serb enclaves. Serb members of the Kosovo Police
Service in the north have stopped cooperating with their
ethnic Albanian counterparts. (Kosovo TF/U.S. Office
Pristina e-mail)

SERBS UNREPENTANT ON ANTI-U.S. VIOLENCE


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5. (SBU) Novosti, Serbia's largest pro-government daily,
justified the burning of Embassy Belgrade, saying it was
the result of "Americanism" and "contemporary fascism."
PM Kostunica called for the United States to rescind
recognition of Kosovo independence and for the UN Security
Council to reconfirm Resolution 1244. (Kosovo TF/Embassy
Belgrade e-mail)



6. (U) Minimize considered.
RICE