Romanian gendarmes injured in Pristina.

Two Romanian gendarmes from the detachment dispatched to Kosovo province sustained minor injuries on Saturday when they moved to restore the public order, the Romanian Gendarmerie's press office announced on Sunday.

The release said 97 troops from the Romanian Gendarmes Detachment took action immediately after some 4,000 protesters tried to force their entry to Parliament Palace in Pristina, the provincial capital, at about 4 p.m., by throwing stones and other objects to the riot police. The two were injured during the protest, staged by the ethnic Albanians' self-government movement in Pristina,

"The Romanian gendarmes used force and tear gas gradually, therefore preventing the situation from getting worse and restoring public order," the Romanian Gendarmerie said.

After the conflict ended, the Romanian troops patrolled the Parliament Palace area to prevent further clashes. They ended their mission by about 10 p.m. with no incidents.

Starting on Feb. 12, Monday, the Romanian Gendarmes Detachment will resume their regular missions, the release said.

[Source: Xinhua News Agency, Pristina, 11Feb07]

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