Monday, January 18, 1999 Published at 11:02 GMT
Massacre prompts Nato warning
Identifying the dead: Over 40 ethnic Albanians were killed
Nato is sending two senior military officers to Belgrade to warn the Yugoslav authorities that they face air strikes if they do not end the violence in Kosovo in compliance with the cease-fire agreed last year. The mission was ordered after the massacre of more than 40 ethnic Albanians in southern Kosovo on Friday.
An international monitor said other villages in the area were also coming under attack from the Serbs.
Local villagers said the killings, mostly of men aged between 18 and 65, were carried out by Serb forces who rounded the group up on Friday night.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the body in charge of international monitors in Kosovo, has called an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the growing crisis. It is expected to reiterate demands for unimpeded access for the Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM).
Speaking in an interview with the French newspaper Liberation published on Monday, Ms Arbour warned that holding the position of head of state would not exonerate anyone held responsible for atrocities.
She said investigations by the ICTY were intended to reach "the highest possible level."
Tough message from generals
The two Nato Generals, Wesley Clark, the supreme allied commander in Europe, and Klaus Naumann, chairman of Nato's Military Committee, are expected to deliver a tough message to the Yugoslav authorities.
On Sunday Nato condemned Friday's massacre as a "flagrant violation of international humanitarian law". The organisation is demanding full compliance with existing UN resolutions calling for an end to violence in the province and says that air strikes against Serbia, narrowly avoided last October, remain an option.
It is also seeking full and unrestricted access for Ms Arbour and a team of international forensic investigators to investigate reported atrocities.
"The council demands that the government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia take immediate steps to ensure that those responsible for this massacre are brought to justice," Mr Solana said.
Serbs dismiss reports
The Serbian deputy prime minister said the police at Racak had only shot at "terrorists" who had opened fire at them. Vojislav Seselj said on Sunday that the Kosovo Albanian fighters had tricked KVM chief William Walker and Western media.
However, US President Bill Clinton and Mr Walker both blamed Serbian forces for the killings.