Tuesday, October 13, 1998 Published at 17:43 GMT 18:43 UK
Agreement in Belgrade
Ready for action: The Nato activation order is still in place
US Balkans envoy Richard Holbrooke confirmed that Belgrade is willing to allow the verification mission by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
US President Bill Clinton said the deal was "completely in accordance" with United Nations demands.
But he warned: "We will not rely on what President Milosevic says but what he does for the whole world to see.
"Nato is ready to act. It is up to him to follow through on his commitments."
And the UK Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, said: "This has been a vindication of our strategy of diplomacy backed up by the credible threat of force."
He said that Nato Secretary-General Javier Solana is expected to fly to Yugoslavia in the next few days.
He said: "I hope this will mark a turning point in the tragic relationship between the peoples of Kosovo."
Mr Holbrooke said he hoped the deal would lead the way to "autonomy and self-determination" for the people of Kosovo, 90% of whom are ethnic Albanians.
But he also warned: "We're not out of the emergency yet. We're still in it."
Representatives from the Albanian separatist group, the KLA, said anything short of full independence was unacceptable.
The Operational Director of Medecins sans Frontieres, Vincent Janssens, said that any deal must give "concrete physical protection" to refugees.
Nato ambassadors issued an activation order authorising air strikes after being briefed by Mr Holbrooke late on Monday.
But it included a four-day delay to allow further talks in Belgrade after the progress made on Monday.
Correspondents say Nato's decision to hold fire for 96 hours - twice as long as was earlier suggested - recognised the gains Mr Holbrooke had made and the possibility of a peaceful settlement.
Despite the agreement in Belgrade, Nato officials say the activation order remains in place.
The activation order is in effect a countdown to possible military action in four days' time. It:
If military action is to go any further, the allies will have to take a further political decision.