Tuesday, June 29, 1999 Published at 04:12 GMT 05:12 UK
Orthodox church attacks Milosevic
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The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church has made his harshest and most open denunciation of the Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic.
He called for urgent action from the United Nations to ensure the survival of the Serb people, who are leaving Kosovo in droves, fearing revenge attacks by Kosovo Albanians.
Many refugees have already returned without UN help.
The influx has provoked panic among Serbs as stories of killings, kidnappings, and the torching of homes by Kosovo Albanians multiply.
In Belgrade, a group of 50 Serbian intellectuals called on Mr Milosevic to resign in view of what they called the "final defeat of national interests and the countless graves of innocent Serbs".
"The Milosevic regime does not support the Christian values we are fighting for and want to preserve," he said.
The Orthodox church commands great respect in Yugoslavia, and in recent years there has been a growing rift between the clergy and the president.
A BBC correspondent in Kosovo, Paul Wood, says Serbs will only hear about the church attacks through the veil of a heavily censored state media.