Tuesday, June 2, 1998 Published at 10:37 GMT 11:37 UK
Albania accuses Serbia of ethnic cleansing
Despite peace protests, the violence goes on
Albania has called for powerful and immediate action by the international community to stop what it calls the ethnic cleansing of Albanians in the neighbouring region of Kosovo in Serbia.
He said the violence could lead to war if it was not halted.
The Albanian government says 2,000 refugees have arrived since the start of the weekend. The refugees are believed to have come from border villages where there has been fighting between Serbian troops and the underground Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
Difficult to return
The Albanian interior ministry says it is by far the biggest wave of refugees since Serbian security forces in Kosovo began a major offensive against armed ethnic Albanian separatists at the end of February.
BBC correspondents say that most ethnic Albanians are afraid to flee because of the difficulty in returning to their homes once they have left.
The border between Yugoslavia and Albania has officially remained closed since last year's uprising against the former Albanian President, Sali Berisha. It is also tightly guarded by the Yugoslav army in an attempt to keep out KLA reinforcements.
Last week, Nato announced a series of measures to heighten its military presence on the borders between Kosovo and Albania and Macedonia, with a veiled and indirect threat of military intervention in Kosovo itself.
But the BBC Defence Correspondent says that Nato is unlikely to intervene because Kosovo is officially part of another country - Serbia - and therefore the legal basis for an intervention would be questionable.
The Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic, has refused to accept international mediation in a dialogue over Albania, although there have been talks between the Serbian authorities and ethnic Albanian politicians.