Sunday, February 14, 1999 Published at 17:41 GMT
Countdown for Kosovo
Serbian nationals protest outside the Rambouillet gates
Talks aimed at securing peace in Kosovo have been extended until next Saturday in the hope a deal can be struck.
The move by the big nations will stave off the threat of Nato military action in the region for a week at least.
Mr Vendrine said the bid for peace had reached a "decisive moment".
"They must conclude on Saturday 20 February at noon at the latest," he said.
"They recognise this is an historic opportunity and that the killing must stop," she said.
Ms Albright said she was able to convince the Albanians that the peace plan on offer to end the conflict was a "fair deal."
But she was most circumspect about the Serbian side.
"They listened very carefully. My sense is that the Serbs were very interested in hearing what I had to say," she said.
Mrs Albright has told the Serbs they will have to make concessions at the talks or face NATO air strikes.
Accompanied by protest
The peace negotiations opened at Rambouillet near Paris last Saturday with a review scheduled for this weekend to ensure they were making progress.
Discussions centre on a peace blueprint drawn up by the six-nation Contact Group under which Kosovo would receive substantial autonomy for an interim three-year period while remaining a part of Yugoslavia.
The plan would see the withdrawal of Serbian security forces and the rebel KLA would be disarmed.
While Nato has threatened air strikes if the talks fail, it has also pledged a 30,000-strong ground force to police a peace deal.
US President Bill Clinton has given his backing to the plan, promising to send 4,000 troops to Kosovo. The UK has already pledged a substantial involvement.