Friday, June 5, 1998 Published at 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
International pressure mounts over Kosovo
Last month ethnic Albanian protestors were showing victory signs during peaceful protests
International diplomatic efforts to force an end to the deepening crisis in the Serbian province of Kosovo are growing.
Talks between ethnic Albanians and Serbian Government representatives failed to go ahead as expected on Friday.
The United States said it was trying to reinstate the talks through its Ambassador to Macedonia, Christopher Hill, who has been appointed as a "facilitator" and sent to Kosovo.
But the US special envoy for the Balkans, Robert Gelbard, said they were "seriously jeopardised by Belgrade's disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force in response to violence from Albanian extremists."
Nato defence ministers are meeting next week in Brussels to consider the crisis and Mr Robertson said Kosovo would be at the top of the agenda.
He declined to describe the military options under consideration but said pressure would be put on the Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic.
"We are examining very carefully military options that could and might have to be made available.
The Austrian Foreign Minister, Wolfgang Schuessel, is holding talks in Serbia.
The Contact Group comprises the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and Italy.
The UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said the world needed to send the "strongest possible signal" to the warring parties.
Albania, which has received thousands of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, has called for international action to stop an open war in the province.
Last month, the Contact Group lifted some sanctions against Belgrade after President Milosevic agreed to regular meetings with Kosovo's ethnic Albanians to try and broker a peace deal for the province.
But the co-ordinator of the Kosovo Albanian team picked recently to negotiate with the Serbs said it was impossible for any meetings to be held.
He said negotiations could only resume once the fighting ends and police allow people back into regions in Kosovo that they have sealed off.