Thursday, March 18, 1999 Published at 16:21 GMT
Albanians up Kosovo stakes
While negotiators disagree, villages are being torched
Kosovar Albanians are expected to sign a peace plan for the province which would clear the way for Nato military action against Serbia.
The deal is due to be signed at 1730 GMT in Paris, where final attempts to reach an agreement between the Serbians and ethnic Albanians have been taking place.
Our correspondent at the talks in Paris says it is possible the talks could be adjourned for a limited period in order to give Belgrade time to make up its mind finally.
The Russian mediator at the talks has said discussions should carry on as long as there is time and hope.
However Russia's Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has urged Yugoslavia to sign a political agreement, saying failed peace talks could lead to a larger conflict in the Balkans.
Mr Ivanov encouraged Belgrade to sign the political agreement now, and sort out questions about implementation later.
The United States and western European countries have made it clear they see little point in continuing discussions with Serbia.
Since the second round of peace talks began on Monday, the Serbs have raised new objections to the deal, in addition to their original rejection of a Nato-led implementation force.
Our Diplomatic Correspondent Barnaby Mason says Washington believes that if Russia accepted talks had failed, it would help convince some doubtful European members of Nato that force is the only remaining option.
The talks were also given added urgency on Wednesday when a Finnish forensic team concluded that the 45 ethnic Albanians killed in Racak in January were unarmed civilians - contrary to Serb claims.
The long-awaited report said the killings were a "crime against humanity" but stopped short of branding them a massacre.