Friday, February 12, 1999 Published at 22:28 GMT
Nato 'losing patience' with Serbs
Serbian nationalists make their feelings known outside the talks
Nato Secretary-General Javier Solana has warned that the West is losing patience with Belgrade over its refusal to engage in proper negotiations at the troubled Kosovo peace talks.
Dr Solana told reporters in Canada: "At this point, we are having very, very, very, very serious difficulties with the Serb party."
But he insisted there could be no full negotiations unless ethnic Albanians signed a disputed declaration of principles which would protect Yugoslavia's sovereignty over Kosovo.
The Albanian delegation insists on the Serbs agreeing to an interim settlement with a guaranteed referendum on independence.
Mr Milutinovic denied the Serbs were holding up progress at the peace talks by demanding both delegations sign the declaration.
Dr Solana added: "I have to tell you that Nato is prepared to use force in order to have ... stability and peace, enduring peace, lasting peace, in that part of Europe."
Mr Milutinovic, a close ally of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, warned that any Nato attack would prove disastrous.
"I cannot believe that they want to have a Vietnam in Europe. That would literally mean blood up to the knees," he said.
Albright flies in
US envoy Christopher Hill, the talks' chief mediator, said that he was set to present further segments of an international peace plan to the two sides.
But he admitted there was still no deal on initial political proposals handed out last Sunday for a three-year interim period of autonomy for the disputed province.
European Union foreign ministers were also due to meet on Sunday in Paris to discuss the situation, while ministers from the six-nation Contact Group on the former Yugoslavia might convene a meeting on the same day.
In preparation for a possible settlement between the Serbs and ethnic Albanians, Nato allies are moving ahead with plans for a peacekeeping force in Kosovo.
A Pentagon official announced on Friday that about 2,200 US Marines would be sent to Kosovo.
And British tanks and artillery will be sent to the Balkans next week.
However, Russia has warned that US threats of air strikes against the Serbs if the talks fail are unacceptable.