Monday, July 26, 1999 Published at 05:10 GMT 06:10 UK
Massacre probe delays Serb funerals
K-For says it has bolstered security since Friday's massacre
The funerals of the 14 Serb farmers massacred last week near the village of Gracko in Kosovo have been postponed.
The 14 men were ambushed and shot dead as they returned from an evening harvesting hay, in the worst single incident since the arrival of K-For in the province.
K-For will deploy 400 troops, backed by armoured vehicles and helicopters, to provide security at the funeral when it does go ahead - perhaps in three or four days.
The ceremony is to be conducted by a bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who will also receive a K-For escort.
But accurate casualty figures among the province's Serb population are hard to assess.
The Yugoslav news agency, Tanjug, says 45 Serbs have been killed and 18 wounded in sectarian attacks in recent weeks.
But other sources suggest that between 60 and 80 ethnic Serbs have been killed in Pristina alone.
Tens of thousands more have fled their villages after having their homes burned down - or just in fear of reprisal attacks.
On Sunday, the Yugoslav mission at the UN called for an urgent meeting of the Security Council to discuss the violence against Serbs in Kosovo.
The agency accused the West of operating double standards, comparing its reaction to earlier violence against Kosovo Albanians. "The international outrage is subdued when Serbs are the victims" the agency said.
Earlier, the UN and Nato announced new measures to improve security in the province, but correspondents say the killings have set back efforts by international peacekeepers to build trust between Serbs and Kosovo Albanians.
Although no new date has so far been set, the UN special representative in Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, said the killings would not undermine efforts to rebuild peace and security in the province.
"The murderers sought to stop us. We must not permit that," he said. "Our mission must go on."
The commander of the Nato-led peacekeeping force (K-For), General Sir Michael Jackson, announced new troop deployments and check-points to try to stamp out lawlessness.
He said K-For was conducting a thorough investigation of the killings but warned that the people of Kosovo had to work to release the province from a "cycle of hostility".
Investigators from the international war crimes tribunal are also working on the case.
Both Gen Jackson and Mr Kouchner hinted that the attack might have been more than a simple act of revenge.
The Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic, has said that K-For and the UN mission in Kosovo are "fully and exclusively responsible" for the massacre.
He demanded that the UN enable the urgent return of Yugoslav army and police troops in accordance with the military-technical accord between Nato and the Yugoslav army.