Tuesday, February 2, 1999 Published at 16:28 GMT
Kosovo rebels agree to talks
Kosovo rebels: Ignoring boycott call
Military leaders of the ethnic Albanian separatists in Kosovo say they will attend peace talks in France at the end of the week.
He said the KLA's negotiators would be named on Wednesday.
He said the Yugoslav Government led by President Slobodan Milosevic had consistently refused to negotiate in good faith or live up to agreements.
The other key players in the Kosovo conflict - the Serbs - have said the Serbian Parliament will decide on Thursday whether to send a delegation to the peace conference.
The Contact Group - the US, Russia, the UK, France, Italy and Germany - have told the warring sides to attend peace talks in France by 6 February or face military action.
The UK Government reacted to Mr Demaci's statement by saying that no faction on Kosovo's ethnic Albanian side had a veto on the peace talks.
Mr Demaci is a symbolic figure in the Kosovo independence struggle, having spent more than 25 years in Serbian jails. But he is not part of the KLA's top structure and does not have the final decision.
On the wider diplomatic front, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov reiterated his country's opposition to Nato air strikes as a way of pushing for a political settlement in Kosovo.
But he also dismissed a demand by Mr Milosevic for a United Nations Security Council meeting to try to deny Nato the right to use force against Yugoslavia.
He said the only solution for Kosovo was negotiation. He was speaking following talks in Bonn with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.