Friday, March 5, 1999 Published at 10:59 GMT
Dole attempts Kosovo mediation
The KLA is reportedly close to a peace deal
The former United States presidential candidate, Bob Dole, is on his way to Kosovo for talks with the ethnic Albanians, despite suggestions that he will be refused entry to Yugoslavia.
"We certainly hope that [Yugoslav President Slobodan] Milosevic and the Serbs don't try to use this visa issue as an excuse to derail a mission of peace," spokesman Doug MacKinnon said.
Mr Dole is reportedly optimistic that he will be able to persuade the ethnic Albanians to endorse the autonomy deal negotiated at last month's Paris peace conference.
KLA commander Rame Buja said that 90% of his men supported the deal hammered out in France, even though it fell far short of full independence for Kosovo.
However, the Clinton administration is more pessimistic about the possibility of reaching an agreement with the Serbs, who object to proposals for Nato troops to enforce the agreement.
With just 10 days to go before the two sides are due to meet for a new round of peace talks, more fighting has been reported between Serbian troops and the KLA.
Border guards on either side of the province's border with Albania are reported to have exchanged fire for the first time since the conflict started.
Albright flies to London
He is expected to go on to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Igor Ivanov. Both meetings are likely to look at the issue of peace in the Balkans.
The US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, is reported to have arranged an unexpected detour to London to set up meetings on Kosovo with British officials.
She is expected to stop in London on Saturday following her visit to Indonesia.