Monday, January 25, 1999 Published at 22:20 GMT
More killings in Kosovo
Monitors came upon the bodies in a tractor in the village of Rakovina
International monitors have discovered the bullet-riddled bodies of five ethnic Albanians, including two children, in the Serbian province of Kosovo.
The five were travelling in their tractor when unidentified people opened fire on them with automatic weapons in the village of Rakovina, south-west of the regional capital, Pristina.
"They were shot by heavy weapons. The bodies look very bad," said Les House, an international monitor with the Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM).
KVM officials said they believed the group were killed on Sunday evening at around 1930GMT. The bodies were discovered by a regular KVM patrol along the main route between Djakovica and Klina on Monday morning.
However, the Serbian-controlled Pristina Media Centre said the attack happened in an area where there have been no recent police patrols and which is controlled by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
The international monitors declined to comment except to say that they were satisfied with the government investigation, which they described as "very professional".
The bodies were due to be transported to Pristina late on Monday for autopsy.
The killings were discovered as American envoy Christopher Hill was in the province meeting leaders of various ethnic Albanian factions. Mr Hill has been urging them to agree on a unified team for negotiations with Belgrade on the future of Kosovo.
Western peace efforts
Western powers were on Monday pushing ahead with efforts to organise peace talks on Kosovo.
At the end of the meeting in Brussels, Germany's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said: "What we have to achieve first is that people on the ground abandon violence. What we suggest, and think is necessary above all, is a relinquishing of military force."
UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook added: "The priority is to get both sides in the same room negotiating."
Nato's military options
Across town, members of Nato were discussing military options for the use of force against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as well as the against the KLA.
Ambassadors from the Atlantic alliance were working on a two-level plan of threatening airstrikes while looking for a diplomatic solution.
Nato has said it would carry out airstrikes against Yugoslavia if Mr Milosevic failed to stop the killing of ethnic Albanians and withdraw security forces from Kosovo.