Friday, March 19, 1999 Published at 12:08 GMT
Kosovo peace talks adjourn
Serb women in Kosovo give food to their troops
Talks aimed at ending the conflict in Kosovo have been adjourned at a session in Paris, following the refusal by Serbia to sign the international peace plan for the province.
A day after the ethnic Albanians signed the agreement, Serbia was still refusing to budge an inch over the autonomy plan, dismissing it as a "fake".
According to the US State Department, the Serbs have placed six large concrete barriers on a key road in Kosovo, in an apparent attempt to block an exodus of international cease-fire monitors or the entry of Nato peacekeeping troops from Macedonia.
On Thursday, US Defence Department spokesman Ken Bacon warned Belgrade that 400 allied aircraft were ready for action.
Correspondents say that in the next few days, Kosovo is likely to witness the withdrawal of the 1,400 international monitors stationed there. US and British citizens have been strongly urged to leave.
In the US, President Clinton will hold an emergency meeting with Congress leaders on Friday to discuss the crisis.
East-West divisions became increasingly apparent among contact group members as the Albanians signed the peace accord.
Delegates from Russia - a traditional Serbian ally - refused to put their names to the deal.
According to correspondents, the tension between Russia and the West could become acute over the next few days as Nato increases pressure on the Serbs and attempts to make its threat of air strikes credible to President Milosevic.
On Thursday, Hashim Thaci, the KLA's political director, moderate political leader Ibrahim Rugova, newspaper editor Veton Surroi and politician Rexhep Qosja signed an 82-page document, entitled "Interim Agreement for Peace and Self-Government in Kosovo", on behalf of the ethnic Albanian delegation.
The accord gives the ethnic Albanians - who represent the majority of the province's population - extensive autonomy from Yugoslavia, but not the outright independence they had been seeking.
It also obliges the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) to put down their weapons if a Nato peacekeeping force ever enters the province.