Wednesday, June 23, 1999 Published at 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK
Eyewitness: Kosovo's divided communities
A Serb family wait at a Nato checkpoint on a road near Pec
Robin Lustig, in Kosovo for BBC Radio 4's World Tonight, reflects on the differences in people and places across the region.
In some parts of Kosovo, ethnic Albanians have already come home, and towns are beginning to spring back to life. Others are still deserted.
War and messy peace
The peace in Kosovo is, perhaps inevitably, a messy one.
In the ancient Serb religious centre of Pec, the traditional seat of the Patriarch of the Serb Orthodox Church, some local Serbs have sought sanctuary in the monastery, while a Nato tank stands guard outside.
She used to feel much safer when she could hear the Nato war planes overhead, she said, because on the nights when Nato were in the air, the Serb paramilitaries stayed off the streets. "Those planes were my only company," she told me with a smile.
Kosovo is now more divided than ever. Both communities have felt fear, everyone feels they are victims. One hundred thousand Kosovo Albanians have already returned to their homes, but 50,000 Serbs have moved in the opposite direction. There is an enormous reconstruction task ahead, and it is the international community which will have to pay for it.
Some are already looking back fondly at the days when President Tito ruled Yugoslavia, and Kosovo enjoyed a large degree of autonomy within a federal republic.
Those days are now long gone and they will not return. But somehow or other, a way will have to be found for a stable Kosovo to be created in a region notorious for instability.
The betting here is that the multinational K-For peace keeping force is likely to be in business for a long time yet.