Saturday, June 19, 1999 Published at 02:07 GMT 03:07 UK
Eyewitness: Disarming the KLA
KLA fighters are detained by German KFor troops in Prizren
By Ben Brown in Kosovo
As Serb refugees pour out of Kosovo fearing reprisals from the Kosovo Liberation Army, it is Nato's task to contain and disarm the KLA rebel fighters.
It is not the hero's welcome they had expected.
A meeting between Nato and top KLA commanders this weekend is almost certain to agree to a surrender of the KLA arsenal.
Lirac Celaj, a KLA spokesman, said: "It was very hard to bring these weapons through the Albanian border and other countries. Many friends of ours died trying to bring over these weapons. This is one of the reasons why Nato should not disarm us."
Some KLA fighters may hide their weapons rather than hand them in. Getting them to surrender their arms is not going to be easy for Nato troops.
'Only a fraction' confiscated
What they seize they take to a remote field and blow up. The KLA have asked them to keep them and lock them up but Nato does not consider that an option.
Major Ian Seraph of the British Army, said: "Now is the time for them to come out of the hills and hand over their weapons so that we can start to move forward the process of reconstruction and regeneration."
They were found by German troops who discovered that the fighters had turned it into a torture chamber in which suspected collaborators had been imprisoned and beaten. The body of a 70-year-old man was found handcuffed to a chair.
The prisoners who were freed are lucky to be alive.
There has been barbarism on both sides: neither has a monopoly on cruelty.