Thursday, April 8, 1999 Published at 18:59 GMT 19:59 UK
Missing refugees traced
Macedonia sent thousands of people to Albania
Aid workers have traced thousands of Kosovo refugees previously unaccounted for after a mass evacuation from a Macedonian border camp.
It means Albania has now accepted about 20,000 of 40,000 refugees moved out of Blace border camp by the Macedonian authorities.
Others were moved into Macedonia or transferred to Greece.
But fears are growing for other refugees, who have reportedly been forced back into Kosovo by Serb forces as they tried to leave the province.
The UNHCR says most of the Kosovo Albanians who were moved in the middle of the night from Blace have been traced.
And State Department spokesman James Rubin said only a small minority were still unaccounted for.
Others refugees had passports and identity cards taken from them.
Aid agencies say there were enough places for these refugees inside Macedonia in camps just built by Nato troops.
Concerns are growing that the Serbs may be pushing thousands of refugees back into the province in order to use them as human shields.
Thousands of refugees who had been waiting on the frontier were turned back to villages or towns said to have been ravaged amid the campaign of forced expulsions.
"The refugees ... were told to return to their places of residence - whatever is left of those places," said Doran Vienneau of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which has been monitoring the border.
Nato Secretary General Javier Solana said Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic could be planning to use refugees as human shields or wanted to avoid pictures of a mass exodus being broadcast round the world.
"He could be trying to use people as human shields in case the alliance's military action is concentrated more on the ground," he added.
Along the Albanian border, Yugoslav guards have been seen laying what appear to be mines and digging fortifications.