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NATO commander Clark praises Swiss commitment in Kosovo

U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark (centre), NATO's top commander in Europe, on Monday praised Switzerland's commitment in Kosovo, saying it was an important signal to the world that the country was willing to shoulder international responsibilities.

This content was published on September 6, 1999 - 17:43

United States Army Gen. Wesley Clark (centre), NATO's top commander in Europe, on Monday praised Switzerland's commitment in Kosovo, saying it was an important signal to the world that the country was willing to shoulder international responsibilities.

Speaking after watching Swiss troops on field exercises near St. Gallen, Clark welcomed the deployment of about 160 Swiss troops who will serve with the Austrian continent of the international KFOR force in Kosovo.

“It’s in keeping with the long traditions of Swiss international support for people in difficulty,” the commander told a news conference.

Clark described the Swiss army as “an impressive military organisation” and said he was “delighted to be working with Switzerland on the ground in KFOR.”

The NATO leader, who visited Switzerland at the invitation of Chief of Staff Hans-Ulrich Scherrer (left), also held talks with Swiss Defence Minister Adolf Ogi and Foreign Minister Joseph Deiss.

From staff and wire reports.

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