Thursday, June 10, 1999 Published at 04:18 GMT 05:18 UK
Analysis: What happens now?
Nato wants to return refugees from the camps to their homes
By Diplomatic Correspondent Barnaby Mason
The signing of a military agreement on the withdrawal of Serb forces from Kosovo removes the biggest obstacle to a peaceful settlement and the return of the refugees, but there are still hurdles to be cleared.
Provided that now happens as planned, the Security Council resolution already agreed between the West and Russia can be put to a formal vote in New York.
Squaring the UN circle
Both the Russians and the Chinese have insisted no resolution can be adopted while the bombing goes on - the other side of a circle which it should now be possible to square.
The Chinese, who were enraged by the bombing of their embassy in Belgrade, may want to delay things a little or propose amendments, but Western officials were optimistic they would not ultimately stand in the way.
The Security Council resolution is vital because it gives UN authorisation to an essentially Nato peace enforcement operation in Kosovo.
The Western powers are now within sight of their main objective - firm Nato control of the territory, which alone, they and others believe, will give about a million Kosovo Albanians the confidence to return to their homes.
If there is little jubilation among Western politicians, that's not only due to caution. There's also the awareness of the huge cost in death, suffering and destruction, and questions about whether in hindsight they could have been reduced by any alternative strategy.