Their arrival will boost the Kosovo mission to 700 people. A total of 2,000 are expected to be in place by mid-January, said a spokesman for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which runs the operation.
Violence last week around Podujevo, in the north of the province, almost shattered a US-brokered truce established in October. Yesterday Nato said it remained "ready to intervene" if violence intensified and demanded that both sides respect the informal truce.
A spokesman for the Kosovo Liberation Army said the rebels would respect the ceasefire, "but we will defend ourselves with all means if necessary". (AP)Reuse content