Friday, June 4, 1999 Published at 08:15 GMT 09:15 UK
Press review: Looking towards peace
La Vanguardia: Doubts preventing Nato from declaring a ceasefire
All the European newspapers lead with articles about the anticipated resolution of the Kosovo crisis.
Four French dailies capture the mood with their headlines: "Capitulation" declares Libération, "At last", says L' Humanité, "Milosevic cracks" writes Le Parisien and France-Soir calls the agreement a "Technical KO"
The Paris-based International Herald Tribune notes that Bill Clinton and Tony Blair reacted "warily" to the news from Belgrade.
Barcelona's La Vanguardia says such a reaction is logical since, it says, it is one thing to accept the plan, and another to carry it out, and it is in this area that lingering doubts are preventing the allies from declaring a ceasefire. The paper also notes that President Milosevic may still try to save face by saying the plan confirms Yugoslavia's sovereignty.
Vienna's Der Standard takes a somewhat original stance in saying that it is Mr Milosevic who is helping Nato to save face. The paper believes the Yugoslav president knows Nato preferred to extricate itself from the Kosovo expedition sooner rather than later.
Die Presse, another Vienna daily, asks why the Serbs did not realise 10 weeks ago that the day of defeat was bound to come. Milan's Corriere della Sera quotes the exiled Albanian writer Ismail Kadare as saying he dreams of a protectorate for Kosovo, but without the Russians, whom he says, are too friendly with the Serbs.
La Libre Belgique says one of the most important lessons from the last 10 weeks is that Europe must now establish a security force to take direct action on European soil without having to defer permanently to the United States' military might.
But the International Herald Tribune is not convinced. It says Europe is still almost totally reliant on the US in several key fields, including intelligence gathering and the ability to airlift large quantities of troops. The paper concludes that the Kosovo conflict underlines the inability of the European countries to act independently against a challenge on their doorstep.