Friday, June 4, 1999 Published at 21:19 GMT 22:19 UK
UK general to lead Kosovo talks
Sir Michael Jackson: The former Para has a 'tough guy' reputation
Nato has put the UK's Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Jackson in charge of talks with the Serbian military on implementing the Kosovo peace deal.
Mr Blair pledged Britain would provide a "key element" of the peace-keeping force on the ground in Kosovo.
"It's not an aggressive force, it's entirely in line with the peace-keeping mission that we will have," he said.
The extra UK troops will join Nato's ACE Rapid Reaction Corps already in Macedonia under the control of Sir Michael Jackson.
About 15,000 forces are already stationed in the Balkan state on Kosovo's border.
Sir Michael joined the Paras in 1970 and commanded the 1st Battalion for two years from 1984. He earned the nickname "Macho Jacko".
Milosevic 'must stand trial'
The UK insisted on Friday that the Kosovo peace deal had not reduced its determination to have the Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic tried for war crimes.
He said the possibility of an amnesty or immunity had not even been raised by either side in the peace negotiations.
"There can be no lasting peace and settlement in Kosovo without justice against those who carried out the atrocities in Kosovo."
Mr Blair agreed there could be no question of President Milosevic being granted immunity, even if the peace deal was fully implemented.
"When we begin that process of going back into Kosovo and we find what has happened and we have a clear picture of what has been done, how many people have disappeared, died, been subject to brutality and barbarity, then we shall have ample evidence of the policies of Milosevic and the evils of ethnic cleansing," he said.
"Serbia and the Serbian people probably know now - and we must make them more aware over the coming weeks - that there is no real place for Serbia in the family of nations while that man remains head of their government," he said.
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