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EU police mission begins in Kosovo

 EU police mission begins in Kosovo
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After long delays, the European Union has finally begun a police and justice mission in Kosovo.

The first of a 1,900-strong force, known as EULEX, has begun deployment in the mainly Albanian territory.

It is taking over from the UN mission, that has been running the province since 1999.

EULEX aims to build government institutions in a region still recovering from the wars of the 1990s.

In the meantime, international peacekeepers have stepped up security in the Serb-held north of Kosovo to prevent any violence.

Serbs oppose the EU mission as a symbol of the province’s independence.

And Pristina’s leadership has also expressed some concerns, fearing it will lead to a partition of Kosovo.