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    NATO CHIEF DOES NOT OBJECT TO RETURNING RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPERS TO KOSOVO

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    MOSCOW, April 8, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer would not object to returning Russian peacekeepers to the Balkans.

    Russia once contributed troops to the international contingent in Kosovo and can again raise the question at the United Nations, the NATO chief said on the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

    If Russia is interested in sending troops to the Balkans, this matter can be discussed at the NATO-Russia Council, added Mr Scheffer.

    There is a UN Security Council resolution, authorising an international contingent's presence in the Balkans. Russia is a full-fledged UN member and can, therefore, insist on restoring its presence in the region, said Mr Scheffer.

    Mr Scheffer deemed it necessary that the ruined Serbian homes and churches should be restored and normality and stability reinstated in Kosovo.

    Kosovo's Albanian majority leaders are wrong believing that they can achieve their political goals through violence, emphasised Mr Scheffer.

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