Monday, September 25, 2006

Singer James Blunt to perform for Kosovo peacekeepers

PRISTINA, Serbia (AP) - British chart-topper James Blunt, who once served as a peacekeeper in Kosovo, was to perform Monday night for British troops stationed in the province, a British diplomat said.

Blunt will sing at the "Slim Lines" base for some 200 British troops serving in the 16,000-strong NATO-led peacekeeping mission, known as KFOR, said diplomat Brian Jones in the provincial capital, Pristina.

Blunt served with KFOR soon after Kosovo came under U.N. and NATO control in 1999, when some 4,000 British soldiers were sent in as Serb troops left after a 78-day NATO bombing campaign.

The singer, in Kosovo through the British Forces Foundation entertainment charity, shot to fame with the international chart-topper "You're Beautiful" from his debut album "Back to Bedlam."

Tensions between majority ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs persist in the province, amid talks to determine whether Kosovo will become independent or remain part of Serbia.

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