Friday, June 4, 1999 Published at 22:18 GMT 23:18 UK
Bombing 'could end by Sunday'
US peacekeeping troops are ready to join Nato troops in Kosovo
Nato could stop bombing Yugoslavia in a matter of days if Serbia co-operates with the alliance's demands on troop withdrawals from Kosovo, the Pentagon has announced.
But if the Serbs hesitate in accepting Nato's terms, the bombing will go on, according to the Pentagon.
(Click here to see a map of Nato's overnight strikes)
Serbian shelling on the Albanian border with Kosovo was reported to be the "heaviest so far" on Friday, according to international observers.
Four people along a 20km stretch of the border were injured, said a spokesperson for the the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Meeting with Serbs
Nato officials are due to hold a meeting with Serbian military officials on the Kosovo border on Saturday morning.
The timetable calls for all 40,000 troops to be out within seven days.
Clinton expresses hope
In a speech at the White House on Friday, US President Bill Clinton expressed his gratitude to the envoys whose efforts led to the planned talks.
He hoped the talks would progress effectively, but urged caution in dealing with the Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
US peacekeeping troops are preparing to move into Kosovo "within days", if the promised Serb withdrawal takes place, according to Washington.
"There will be a military-to-military relationship established ... in the event that there is intent to fully comply with this," US Defence Secretary William Cohen told a news conference at the Pentagon on Friday.
Milosevic under pressure
Meanwhile, President Milosevic is coming under increasing international pressure to step down.
And the chief prosecutor at the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Louise Arbour, said there was no question of granting President Milosevic immunity now that he has accepted the peace plan.
International force prepares
Preparations for assembling a peacekeeping force are continuing, with Nato Secretary-General Javier Solana saying it would take only a "very short time" to deploy the estimated 50,000 troops of the Kosovo force.
The Clinton administration has also intensified planning for deploying international peacekeepers, returning refugees and reconstructing Yugoslavia.
Under the terms of the peace agreement a security force "with essential Nato participation" will be deployed once Serb forces withdraw.
European Union leaders are working on plans to help the hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians return to their homes.
Germany's Chancellor Gerhard Schröder said they had agreed to do everything possible to build up the momentum towards peace, and to look after the refugees in the coming winter.
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