Wednesday, April 7, 1999 Published at 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Milosevic trying to split Nato - Blair
There have been fresh reports of Serb atrocities
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has accused Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic of trying to divide Nato over the bombing campaign against Serbia.
The prime minister also insisted there were no splits in the Nato alliance.
He said: "In the next few days, Milosevic is going to be trying everything he possibly can to split the allies apart from each other - negotiating ploys, half-hearted peace attempts.
The policy of ethnic cleansing had to be "reversed and be seen to be defeated" before the bombing campaign would stop, Mr Blair said.
The prime minister spoke hours after Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said Britain was "ramping up" its forces against Serbia.
The 10 UK aircraft dropped cluster bombs on Serb tanks and vehicle convoys on the 14th night of Nato bombing.
Mr Blair again insisted Nato's action had not caused the refugee crisis.
Some 300,000 people were displaced from Kosovo last year, he said.
"True it is that over these past two weeks, as this campaign of ethnic cleansing has been stepped up, as these appalling acts have taken place, he has been doing more and more and more.
"Don't let anyone run away with this idea that if Nato hadn't taken the action there would be peace in Kosovo. There wouldn't. There would be ethnic cleansing but absolutely nothing done to stop it."
Mr Blair said Britain was prepared to play its part in shouldering the burden of the refugee crisis, but it was important that President Milosevic must realise his policy of ethnic cleansing would be reversed.
Earlier, the foreign secretary dismissed a unilateral Serb ceasefire by President Milosevic as a "sham".
Mr Cook said: "It must have dawned on him that Nato can keep going longer than him. He knows he cannot win by military conflict."
The foreign secretary said he had received reports of a number of new massacres in the past 24 hours.
"These are based on reports from within Kosovo," he said.
"There is of course one very easy way for Belgrade disprove these reports.
The foreign secretary again promised those responsible for orchestrating war crimes, including rape and mass murder, would be brought to justice however long it took.
Mr Cook also issued two further demands to the Serb leader, challenging him to free the moderate Albanian Kosovan Dr Ibrahim Rugova, who is holding talks with Serb leaders.
"Nobody will believe that those negotiations are for real while Dr Rugova is kept under duress," Mr Cook said.
The Serb leader should also tell the truth to his people about what had happened to the country's wealth, he added.
The economy of Serbia had halved since President Milosevic came to power, he said.
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