Friday, August 27, 1999 Published at 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Kosovo march for missing men
UN special representative Bernard Kouchner (right) promised help
Several thousand Kosovo Albanians have held a silent march through the Kosovo capital, Pristina, to urge the international community to trace thousands of missing people.
So far the International Committee of the Red Cross has located just under 2,000 people in Serbian prisons, where they are being held mostly on terrorism charges. They are still awaiting trial.
With the government in Belgrade still at loggerheads with the international community, the BBC's Nick Thorpe in Pristina says the most that relatives can hope for at the moment is that their men are alive and will one day be allowed home.
'Missing since June'
"The international community doesn't do anything right now," he complained. "They are trying so much to help the Serbs here. They don't do anything about the prisoners."
The demonstrators marched to the United Nations mission.
"We will try harder to know about the people," Mr Kouchner was quoted as saying.
"It is against all the laws, human rights and Geneva Conventions... not to say, not to tell the families about their relatives. This is a barbarian way to treat the people," he said.
The UN representative also promised a "strong statement" on prisoners and missing persons.
He told the crowd that he was planning a human rights conference in Kosovo as well as a local forum to look into the issue of missing and detained people.