Letter: This is no way to protect Kosovars

Sir: The Government's unwillingness to commit ground troops to Kosovo is not, as suggested by Mr Kirkham and Dr Palmier (letters, 12 April), due to cowardice or silly technical problems. Rather, it is because Kosovo is unfamiliar terrain for the Nato troops, while the Serbians they face have, in many cases, lived there since childhood.

Nato troops would have to fight into hostile territory, victims of sniper fire and guerrilla warfare, against an army who have an awful lot more to lose than Nato do - the land they believe is rightfully theirs.

RACHEL MANTELL

Leeds

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