Saturday, January 16, 1999 Published at 03:52 GMT
Peace monitors 'shot deliberately'
Taking aim: A soldier of the ethnic-Albanian KLA
The head of the international monitoring mission in Kosovo says he believes that two monitors, shot and wounded on Friday, were deliberately targeted.
The two men - a Briton and his locally-recruited interpreter - were in a convoy with Serbian police when they were hit. They were not seriously injured.
It was the first such incident since the monitors from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) were deployed in the disputed Serbian province last year.
Mr Walker said: "What I've heard so far about the firing, it was not just one shot or two shots, it was sustained firing. That would lead me to believe that it was a deliberate shooting."
He pointed out that the monitors drove distinctive vehicles and that everyone in the area had been informed that they were going out on patrol.
A spokesman for the international monitoring mission said the shots appeared to come from a sniper in territory held by the ethnic-Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army.
UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said he was shocked and concerned about the shooting of two members of the KVM.
"KVM members, of whom 110 are British, operate in unpredictable and demonstrably dangerous conditions. I pay tribute to their courage and professionalism", he said.
Ceasefire in danger
There has been fighting elsewhere in Kosovo with both sides reporting casualties.
If confirmed, it would be the second-highest death toll in a single clash since an informal ceasefire was agreed in October.
Albanian sources say the Serbs bombarded villages in the area with artillery fire, killing seven people.
Correspondents say the apparent attack on the convoy and the increase in fighting raises questions about the role of the unarmed monitors in Kosovo.