Saturday, April 17, 1999 Published at 13:31 GMT 14:31 UK
Serbs warned: War criminals face action
Doug Henderson: Serb actions have caused outrage
UK Armed Forces Minister Doug Henderson has warned Serbian military leaders they will be brought to justice for war crimes.
His comments came as Nato said reports from refugees who have fled Kosovo suggest that more than 3,000 Kosovo Albanians have been murdered by Serb security forces in the last three weeks.
During the daily Nato briefing, Brigadier General Giusseppe Marani showed aerial photographs of a site in Kosovo, near the village of Izbica, which he said was a mass grave.
General Marani said the site looked as if it could contain the bodies of up to 150 Kosovo Albanians.
Shame and disgrace
Mr Henderson told a Ministry of Defence briefing: "The guilty men in Kosovo will be brought to justice."
The Serb action had caused "outrage and revulsion throughout the civilised world".
"They should think about how long the Milosevic regime will last, about what will succeed the Milosevic regime.
"They should think about the shame and disgrace that they will feel in their 50s and 60s and what their grandchildren will think of a grandfather indicted for war crimes and spending his last years in prison.
Since it was established in 1993, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugolsvia (ICTY) in The Hague had indicted 84 people for war crimes in Bosnia and Croatia, of whom 26 were in custody and seven had already been found guilty.
He said: "There are reports that thousands of young men have been murdered."
However, Labour MP Tam Dalyell said talk of war crimes charges was counter-productive as it would only strengthen the determination of the Serbs.
"If you knew that you were going to be had up as a war criminal, wouldn't it make you all the more determined to fight to the death, the more so because you knew that you could not be captured by ground troops?
"This is precisely what they will do."
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "The prime minister and all government ministers in Britain have been saying throughout the whole of this campaign that this is an air-based campaign."
The march had been arranged to protest against the sanctions against Iraq, but events overtook organisers.
Campaigners came from CND and other peace groups around the country.
They marched from Speakers Corner in Hyde Park along Park Lane to Trafalgar Square for a rally and speeches.
Marchers included Labour MPs Tony Benn and George Galloway and playwright Harold Pinter.