Friday, August 14, 1998 Published at 05:25 GMT 06:25 UK
Serbs 'take' Kosovo rebel base
Ethnic Albanian rebels: under fire by artillery
Reports from the Serbian province of Kosovo say Serb forces have captured Glodjane, a major ethnic Albanian stronghold near the Albanian border.
It followed two days of heavy fighting.
Glodjane was "one of the strongest bases" of Albanian forces, the Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug reported. It said five policemen and two members of the Yugoslav Army had lost their lives, and more than 10 police officers had been wounded in the two days of fighting.
The European Union condemned what it called "massive attacks" by Serbs on Junik.
"In this town, which has been besieged by the Serbian forces for some time, there are also over 1,000 civilians confined in the worst conditions," said EU Council President and Austrian Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schüssel.
Nato ambassadors in Brussels have discussed plans for possible military intervention in Kosovo and said they were ready to act "swiftly and credibly" should the occasion rise.
"Nato's military authorities have been authorised to informally approach nations on the forces which they would be ready to contribute to the possible air operations," added a Nato spokesman.
Germany has already offered 14 Tornado fighter jets for use in possible Nato air strikes on Kosovo, but any such involvement would require parliamentary backing.
Russia continues its opposition to military intervention, although it is considering taking part in Nato military exercises in Albania.
"In no way does it demonstrate a change in Moscow's position on a settlement to the Kosovo problem," said Russian defence minister Igor Sergeyev.