Sunday, March 28, 1999 Published at 15:17 GMT
More UK warplanes for Kosovo
Harrier GR7s: "Extremely capable" ground attack aircraft
UK Defence Secretary George Robertson has confirmed that four more RAF Harrier GR7s are being sent to join the Nato force operating in Yugoslavia and Kosovo.
They are joining a force of eight Harrier GR7s already flying missions out of Gioia del Colle airbase in southern Italy.
"The RAF is playing a fully active part. However, if there is any doubt at all in the mind of a pilot before he launches 1000lbs of high explosive - if the target is obscured by smoke or weather - he will not release it," the spokesman said.
And an RAF Tristar will join the Nato air-refuelling tanker fleet in a support role for the warplanes carrying out bombing missions.
The defence secretary said the United States was also increasing its commitment with additional B52s arriving at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
"We are ... confronting a regime bent on genocide," said Mr Robertson, referring to reports that Serbian security forces are carrying out massacres and forcibly displacing thousands of Kosova Albanians.
He also said that paramilitary leader Arkan - "a notorious and obnoxious thug" implicated in Bosnian atrocities - was known to be operating in Kosovo.
The defence secretary reiterated Nato's intention to "bring to book" those responsible for what he described as "war crimes" against Kosovo Albanians.