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Free Letters By E-Mail For Troops In Kosovo

British soldiers serving in Kosovo will get free electronic letter delivery from their friends and family, via the Ministry of Defence and Royal Mail.

The new service, which uses Royal Mail's RelayOne system, actually prints each message, puts it in an envelope, and delivers it immediately to the Ministry of Defence for sending to Kosovo on the next available flight.

"The Ministry of Defence has worked closely with Royal Mail to set up this new system, which uses the Internet to help them stay in touch," said Doug Henderson, Minister for the Armed Forces. "It is free, and all one needs is a computer with an Internet link."

"We're just glad that we can bring some cheer to thousands of UK servicemen and their families during what must be a very tense and worrying time," added Richard Dykes, managing director of Royal Mail.

The free offer to service families has a promotional dimension as well, demonstrating the capabilities of Royal Mail's RelayOne Internet-to-post service. RelayOne enables people from anywhere in the world to send letters and documents of up to 50 pages to any postal address via the Internet.

Friends and family of soldiers wishing to send e-mail to Kosovo should e-mail their messages to www.royalmail.co.uk/bfpo-relayone.