Wednesday, April 14, 1999 Published at 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Fears for refugees in Kosovo
More than 800,000 ethnic Albanians remain trapped in Kosovo after being forced from their homes, according to the UK Development Secretary, Claire Short.
Many people were being forcibly prevented from leaving the war-torn province, at a time when the violence perpetrated by the Serbs against the ethnic Albanians was increasing, she told a UK Ministry of Defence briefing.
"Since the borders were closed on 6 April, and the long queue of refugees waiting at the border forcibly turned back, we have been greatly concerned about the situation of the displaced people inside Kosovo," she said.
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Ms Short said the situation of the displaced people within Kosovo was especially alarming in light of new revelations about gross human rights abuses within the province.
'Bosnian war criminals hired by Milosevic'
General Radko Mladic and paramilitary leader Arkan have been recruited by the Belgrade leadership to command and supply units responsible for "massacring and raping" thousands of ethnic Albanians, he said.
In the first revelation of details from the previously-secret indictments, the defence secretary added that General Mladic was also accused of involvement in the slaughter of up to 10,000 men in the Bosnian enclaves of Srebrenica.
"This is the kind of man that Milosevic hires when he wants a job done," Mr Robertson said.
He also said that Arkan was recruiting convicted criminals from Serbia's jails to join a Tiger force in Kosovo, while General Mladic was actively commanding another detachment of Yugoslav forces in the province.
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