Wednesday, September 30, 1998 Published at 08:46 GMT 09:46 UK
Massacre evidence in Kosovo
Diplomats have been looking into evidence of massacres
BBC journalists have seen first-hand evidence of a massacre of ethnic Albanian civilians, including women and children, in Kosovo.
Eighteen people were killed with knives, or shots to the head. Some were mutilated. Two had been decapitated.
One child survived, protected by the body of its mother.
The leader of the British Liberal Democrat Party, Paddy Ashdown, who is visiting Yugoslavia, said he saw "weapons of total war" being used against villagers by Serbian forces fighting pro-independence ethnic Albanians.
He said what was happening in Kosovo may amount to genocide.
Withdrawal claims dismissed
Ethnic Albanians in the province have dismissed statements made by Yugoslav leaders that the offensive against them is over.
They say the troop movements are an attempt to deflect threatened Nato air strikes against Serbia.
Western journalists reported that a large column of vehicles and tanks had been seen moving towards barracks in the provincial capital, Pristina.
But other reports from correspondents in Kosovo said Serb forces had continued to attack ethnic Albanian civilians.
Pentagon watching and waiting
Pentagon spokesman Captain Michael Doubleday said: "It's probably going to be a day or two before we can make a full assessment as to whether any of the statements had any meaning at all."
Diplomats from the Contact Group on former Yugoslavia consisting of the US, Russia and several European powers, have travelled to Kosovo to look into reports of civilian massacres.
A UN resolution, voted on last Thursday, calls for a ceasefire in Kosovo and warns the Yugoslav Government of "additional measures" against it if it fails to comply.
Belgrade says the resolution has "no judicial or political basis," but on Monday the Serbian Prime Minister, Mirko Marjanovic announced that government forces were returning to barracks.
On Tuesday the Pentagon said a list of American military units to be put at Nato's disposal for any intervention in Kosovo would be ready "in the coming days".