Saturday, February 20, 1999 Published at 20:47 GMT
Kosovo deadline extended
Yugoslav army tanks on patrol in Kosovo
The deadline for the Kosovo peace talks has been extended to Tuesday afternoon.
But they blame Serbian delegates for blocking progress on the main sticking point - the deployment of a Nato force to implement the deal.
Mr Cook and Mr Vedrine said the two sides themselves wanted more time.
"The Kosovar Albanians have negotiated with discipline of purpose," she said.
"On the contrary, Belgrade has taken every opportunity for evasion and delay."
Mr Cook agreed that "it is still the Yugoslav delegation which refuses to make concessions," on the question of a peacekeeping force.
Mrs Albright said the Contact Group had extended the deadline reluctantly.
Nothing short of full compliance with the peace blueprint - including Serbian acceptance of the Nato peacekeepers - would be accepted, she said.
Observers at the talks say the US team only approved the extension under pressure from Russia and France, which are reluctant to resort to air attacks.
The extension of the deadline followed a last-minute breakthrough on plans to grant Kosovo a degree of autonomy.
A Serbian source said Serbian President Milan Milutinovic and Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Sainovic had told Contact Group foreign ministers that Belgrade could agree to the political part of the proposed accord, subject to some minor changes.
Diplomats also said the ethnic Albanian delegation had conditionally approved the internationally brokered peace plan.
"The Kosovo Albanians have said 'yes' in principle. They sought two minor changes and we are going to try to accommodate them," one diplomat said.