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Lee's sights on peace.

A TEENAGE soldier from Nuneaton is helping secure the safety and security of the people of Kosovo.

Fusilier Lee Soanes (right) of A Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, is based in Pristina as part of the British contribution to the Nato-led Peace Implementation Force.

The battalion is seeking to reduce crime in the city and local villages.

Lee's duties have included street patrols, vehicle checks and searches for weapons.

Lee, aged 18, joined the army last year and is on his first operational tour.

He said: "My grandad was in the army and influenced me to join. He gave me some of his old uniforms, and I wanted to be in the thick of it.

"I thought the situation here would be worse. It's interesting because I've never done anything like this before."

Lee, a former pupil at Higham Lane School, Nuneaton, said he enjoyed the opportunity to talk to local people.

He is due to finish his six-month tour in September.

It is hoped that the presence of peace-keeping forces will help cut intimidation between Kosovar Albanians and Serbs.
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Date:Jul 25, 2000
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