Sunday, August 2, 1998 Published at 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
UN aid to Kosovo refugees
Unloading much-needed relief supplies at a village near Malisevo
A spokesman said a relief convoy with enough food to last 1,000 people a week has reached the central town of Malisevo, from where thousands fled a Serbian offensive to take refuge in the surrounding hills and woods.
The relief convoy was allowed to pass through Serbian checkpoints without hindrance.
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said the refugees were in urgent need of help.
The refugees told aid workers they wanted to return home, but were too terrified to do so.
Tens of thousands more refugees are thought to be in the area, but UN officials said security concerns were hampering efforts to reach them.
On Friday, the Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic, assured the United States envoy, Christopher Hill, that he wanted the refugees to be able to return to their homes.
A European Union delegation, which met Mr Milosevic on Thursday accused Serbia of using excessive force, and said parts of Kosovo had become a wasteland.
Correspondents say entire villages and towns have been abandoned.