Saturday, January 30, 1999 Published at 06:17 GMT
Cook to deliver Kosovo ultimatum
A Serb soldier inspects the bodies of 24 ethnic Albanians in the village of Rogovo
The UK Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, is travelling to the former Yugoslavia to deliver a demand for an end to the Kosovo conflict to the two sides.
But the situation on the ground in Kosovo remains tense with the discovery of the bodies of 24 ethnic Albanian men in the western village of Rogovo.
'Bomb to avenge KLA deaths'
Later a bomb exploded near a cafe frequented by Serbs in the capital, Pristina, injuring seven people. The police said they found a message at the scene saying the bomb was to avenge KLA deaths.
The International Contact Group of foreign ministers, becoming increasingly exasperated by the continued violence in Kosovo, met in London on Friday and came up with the ultimatum, which has been formally backed by the UN Security Council.
Yugoslav leaders in Belgrade and the moderate ethnic Albanian leadership in Kosovo have promised to attend talks. But a representative of the KLA said there could be no talks while Serbian repression continued.
Mr Cook, as the Contact Group's chairman, summoned both sides in the Kosovo conflict to meet for talks within a week.
Cook to meet Milosevic
He is expected to meet Serbia's President Slobodan Milosevic and moderate Kosovo Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova and will impress on them the need for agreement.
He said: "There was a shooting at around dawn when one police officer was killed.
"In the subsequent police operation 24 Albanians were killed. Three were in KLA uniform and the rest were in civilian clothes."
Threat of force
The UK, France and Germany have underpinned Nato's warning by saying they are prepared to send ground troops to Kosovo to enforce a negotiated settlement.
President Clinton said the US and its allies were united behind the international political process, and were "ready to back that strategy with the threat of force".
Proposals for peace
The Contact Group's proposals have received a mixed welcome from the two sides themselves.
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic indirectly rejected an international conference on Kosovo, calling instead for direct talks between all ethnic communities in the province.
"We can't speak of any ceasefire because we consider the KLA a terrorist organisation."
Mr Rugova said he would send representatives to the peace talks in France, but was not yet sure if he himself would go.