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Sunday, December 20, 1998 Published at 18:06 GMT

World: Europe

Ethnic Albanians bury the dead

Thousands of mourners in Kosovo have been attending the funerals of thirty-six ethnic Albanians who were killed last week in a border clash with Serbian guards.

The burials came at the end of a week of violence, which claimed the lives of at least forty-six people, including the Serbian deputy mayor of the town ofKosovo Polje.

After three days of protests against the killing, members of the Serbian local community agreed to disperse after an announcement that the Serbian interior minister would visit tomorrow to hear their demands for security guarantees.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, has gone to Belgrade to discuss the humanitarian situation in Kosovo where thousands of ethnic Albanians were displaced by eight months of fighting which ended with a fragile truce in October.

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