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Pentagon: Greece OKs landing of future peacekeeping U.S. Marines

June 7, 1999
Web posted at: 11:27 p.m. EDT (0327 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Pentagon said Monday Greece has given assurances that more than 2,200 U.S. Marines bound for Macedonia as potential Kosovo peacekeepers will be allowed "to land soon and move through Greece to their posts."

Greece earlier refused permission for the landing of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit as its ships waited in the Aegean Sea near Thessalonica.

"A spokesman for the Greek government said that they would be allowed to off-load and transit through Greece soon," Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said.

"He anticipated that they would be able to land soon and move through Greece to their posts," Bacon added.

Bacon did not specify when the Marines would be allowed in port, only saying "we don't believe that there'll be any problem with meeting the time lines."

Although Greece is a NATO member, it has not participated in the air campaign -- and at times has criticized the bombing raids, sympathizing with Orthodox Serbs.


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RELATED SITES:
Yugoslavia:
  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

Kosovo:
  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from Albanian.com

Military:
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis


Resettlement Agencies Helping Kosovars in U.S.:
  • Church World Service
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Immigration and Refugee Services of America
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • United States Catholic Conference

Relief:
  • World Relief
  • Doctors without borders
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International
  • UNHCR


Media:
  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

Other:
  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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