Sunday, October 18, 1998 Published at 12:46 GMT 13:46 UK
Kosovo aid cancelled
Ethnic Albanian refugees - still far from home
The United Nations has cancelled two aid convoys to ethnic Albanian refugees in Kosovo because of a reported upsurge in fighting.
But the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army and other ethnic Albanian villagers have reported renewed shell-fire.
A spokeswoman for the UN refugee organisation in Kosovo said: "We had two convoys scheduled for this morning, one to Peterac and the other to upper Streoc, but since there were unconfirmed reports of heavy shelling in those areas we decided to cancel the convoys."
An unarmed international monitoring force is to be sent to the province to verify that both sides abide by the peace agreement.
But the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in European, in charge of the 2,000-strong monitoring force, said it is still assembling its people and will not be going to the area to confirm the reports of fighting.
However, Nato Director-General, Javier Solana, said the alliance had begun air surveillance, and vowed to prevent the violence from spreading.
"We will not allow this to happen. This must not lead to a resumption of violence," he said.
On Friday, Nato gave President Milosevic an additional 10 days to comply with UN demands, which extends the deadline for Serb withdrawal to 27 October.
It is unclear whether the Serb unit reported to be moving to the Drenica region would be breaching UN demands or not, because it is said to be based in the region.
But both sides have been accusing each other of continuing the hostilities.
After the Serb policemen were killed over the weekend, the head of Kosovo's regional government, Veljko Odalovic, said: ''These latest attacks show that the Albanian terrorists are trying by all possible means to prevent the realisation of the agreement.''
The KLA has criticised the Belgrade Agreement, since it allows only for the autonomy of Kosovo within Serbia, and not for full independence.