Thursday, April 1, 1999 Published at 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK
UK: Nato is not going away
Refugees are flooding out of Kosovo
UK Defence Secretary George Robertson has told Parliament that Nato's attacks on Serb forces would "strengthen, continue and become increasingly painful", as the conflict enters its second week.
He described Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic as "huddled in his bunker, wondering how he can possibly extricate himself from his predicament".
On Tuesday, a peace mission to Serbia headed by Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov failed to negotiate an end to air strikes.
Nato's terms for ending the bombing are an immediate and permanent end to the killing in Kosovo, the verified withdrawal of Serb forces and a political settlement allowing refugees to return home, Mr Robertson said.
He quoted a statement by a Kosovo Albanian representative that said: "People in Kosovo are fully in accord with Nato action...they only hope and desperately ask for an increase in Nato activity."
Mr Robertson said that "ethnic cleansing" in Kosovo was "not just murder - it is premeditated murder", based on Nato intelligence that Serb forces had begun action against the ethnic Albanian population weeks before air strikes began.
"We know who they are, where they live and what they are doing now."
He confirmed that one RAF Hercules carrying tents, plastic sheeting and blankets has been sent from RAF Prestwick to Skopje in Macedonia in order to help alleviate the escalating refugee crisis.
The UK is spending £10m on relief for refugees, as the United Nations warns that those inside Kosovo could begin to starve in less than two weeks.
On Thursday the next of several further UK aid flights is to leave Copenhagen for Tirana.
Flights will leave from different European and African locations where crisis supplies have been assembled.
Latest figures suggest that Kosovo Albanian refugees are flooding into surrounding countries, with an estimated 90,000 in Albania, 20,000 in Montenegro and 15,000 in Macedonia.
He revealed that Nato had carried out 100 attacks on 70 sites, seriously damaging Serb air defences.
RAF Harriers had attacked two facilities, destroying a total of five targets.
More sorties had been flown, he said, but some bombs had not been dropped in order to limit "unnecessary collateral damage and civilian casualties".
"Milosevic may randomly kill, be we operate to higher standards," he said.
Speaking on BBC News 24 after Mr Robertson's statement, Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn said he was "disappointed".
"I wish he'd said that there's going to be a renewed effort to involve the United Nations and try and get a ceasefire so that the Kosovars can return to Kosovo itself and the bombing can stop," he said.