Friday, February 19, 1999 Published at 22:32 GMT
Clinton warns Serbs
Six B-52 bombers heading to the UK
US President Bill Clinton has given a fresh warning to Serbia that Nato is ready to attack it if President Milosevic refuses to accept a peace agreement to end the conflict in Kosovo.
President Chirac said the time had come for President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia to choose the path of wisdom rather than war.
Peace negotiations between the Serbs and the Kosovo Albanians have been taking place in France for the last two weeks.
Milosevic standing firm
Mr Hill saw the Yugoslav foreign minister instead and told him that Belgrade must sign a peace deal for Kosovo or face the consequences.
And he repeated his opposition to ''a foreign occupation'' of Nato troops to police any settlement in Kosovo - a key clause in the peace plan drawn up western leaders.
The Pentagon has ordered six B-52 bombers, armed with cruise missiles, to fly to bases in the UK in preparation for possible strikes.
On Wednesday, the US announced it was sending more than 50 additional military aircraft to Europe, in case strikes were ordered.
BBC Diplomatic Correspondent Barnaby Mason, who is at the talks, says they are going on into the night but the prospect of an agreement is bleak.
British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said on returning to to the talks at Rambouillet, near Paris, on Friday evening that he would try to inject momentum into the talks but it would be tough..
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has said she will return on Saturday.
She said she would tell the delegations they must seize the opportunity for peace, or Serbia would be hit very hard by Nato air strikes.
Embassy staff leave
Western embassies in the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade, are withdrawing staff as the deadline for the Kosovo peace talks approaches.
The Canadian and British embassies have already started evacuating dependents and non-essential personnel and the United States may follow suit later in the day.
Germany has also warned its citizens to leave Yugoslavia. The Netherlands is pulling out non-essential diplomatic staff and Denmark has reportedly put its diplomatic personnel on standby to leave.
Russia has voiced disagreement with its fellow members of the Contact Group - the US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy - on the issue of Nato strikes.
The Western nations in the Contact Group want Belgrade to allow a 30,000-strong Nato force to police any accord on the ground.
But Moscow says there can be no Nato deployment in Kosovo without Belgrade's full approval.