Tuesday, January 19, 1999 Published at 01:19 GMT
Serbs snub massacre probe
A new offensive is under way in Kosovo
The Yugoslav authorities ordered the head of the international verification mission in Kosovo, William Walker, to leave the country after he accused Serb forces of massacring ethnic Albanians.
The official Yugolsav news agency, Tanjug, said Mr Walker had exceeded his mandate, was persona non grata, and he was being given 48 hours to leave.
The United Nations, the Nato allies and Russia have all condemned the massacre in strong terms.
Friday saw the start of a new offensive by Serbian troops and police against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
BBC Correspondent Jacky Rowland says that Mr Walker's expulsion is typical of the tactics adopted in recent months by the Yugoslav authorities, who seek to divert attention from one crisis by creating a new crisis.
Prosecutor refused entry
Chief Prosecutor Louise Arbour was trying to enter Kosovo to investigate Friday's massacre in Racak when she was turned back at the border.
She called it an affront to the international community and said she was determined to pursue her right of access.
The chief prosecutor said she was confident that the matter of her access to the massacre site would be pressed by Nato commander General Wesley Clark, who intends to meet Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in Belgrade.
Fears of cover-up
Already, Serbian investigators have taken the bodies of the massacre victims from the mosque in Racak, where they had been laid to await burial, to Pristina - the capital of Kosovo.