Thursday, October 1, 1998 Published at 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Serbs attack Kosovo massacre reports
As international threats of military intervention in Kosovo are stepped up, officials in Serbia have hit back against allegations of atrocities against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
In particular, the outspoken Deputy Prime Minister, Vojislav Seselj, accused the BBC of being part of a conspiracy to harden public opinion in the West, and warned of reprisals around the world if Nato forces attacked Serbia.
A Serb television report described the BBC accounts of atrocities committed by police in Kosovo as lies and manipulation.
Third massacre reported
Four men were slaughtered when Serb security forces ambushed a convoy of Albanian refugees in south-western Kosovo, according to Human Rights Watch.
It follows earlier reports of the killings of 32 Albanians at two sites in the Serbian province.
Human Rights Watch said police detained several hundred men during the attack on Tuesday and burnt large parts of the village of Vranic.
Britain calls Security Council into session
The emergency meeting of the Security Council on Thursday was requested by Britain after reports of this week's massacres.
Local people said the killings had been carried out by Serbian police.
The victims were stabbed or shot and several had been decapitated.
One child survived, protected from the bullets by the body of its mother.
Foreign Secretary Robin Cook says Britain is now seeking agreement for military action against Yugoslav authorities.
"I think what we have seen is plain murder. Milosevic has outraged the whole of the world community," he told the BBC.
Mr Cook has demanded that the Serbs allow independent forensic investigation of the massacres.
Timetable for action
But substantial action is unlikely before the Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, presents a report next week on Serbia's compliance with UN demands for a cease-fire in Kosovo.
BBC Diplomatic Correspondent James Robbins says Russia - who has traditionally stood by the Serbs - is likely to give its active support to this new denunciation of Belgrade.
That will strengthen Nato's hand as ships and planes prepare for possible cruise missile and bomb attacks.
The United States and Britain are offering aircraft, as are the Netherlands, Norway and Spain.
Germany is expected to provide 14 Tornados from the Luftwaffe.