Tuesday, January 19, 1999 Published at 17:08 GMT
Milosevic given Nato warning
The Serbian security forces have begun a new offensive
Generals Wesley Clark and Klaus Naumann were despatched to Belgrade after Yugoslavia ordered the expulsion of William Walker, head of the international observer mission in Kosovo.
The US National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, said the generals were taking a strong message to President Milosevic.
The two Nato generals will call on the Mr Milosevic to pull his security forces out of Kosovo, grant access to international investigators and reverse his decision to expel Ambassador Walker.
Mr Walker's expulsion - and the killings that preceded it - have been internationally condemned.
US State Department Spokesman James Rubin said the move appeared to be a "transparent attempt to divert attention from the tragic massacre in Racak".
Both Nato Secretary-General Javier Solana and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the threat to use military force against Yugoslavia was still active and they were prepared to exercise it.
Nato has been ready to launch punitive raids against Serbia since last October, when President Milosevic escaped military action by agreeing to a moratorium on the use of force in Kosovo.
The UK Foreign Sevretary, Robin Cook, said: "The planes remain on 96 hours' notice."
Nato has issued further warnings that the violence in Kosovo must stop.
General Clark said his forces were poised for action if the order was given by Nato governments.
"Most of the forces are poised and ready should they be called on today. The others are only a few hours away and so this is a very real possibility."
Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to the Balkans who brokered the last-minute deal, said on Monday that Yugoslavia and Nato were now on the brink of an "extraordinary emergency". He said the situation was at least as serious as it was when Nato gave the activation order for air attacks last year.
He accused Belgrade of "clear-cut violations" of the October agreements.