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Developments in Kosovo Crisis

May 12, 1999

Latest developments relating to the Kosovo crisis:

_ NATO bombards a wide swath of Yugoslavia, saying it does not believe Slobodan Milosevic has begun withdrawing his forces from Kosovo as the Yugoslav leader had promised.

_ Rebel sources say fighting inside Kosovo province between Serb and ethnic Albanian forces continues, adding that three Kosovo Liberation Army fighters were killed and 20 injured in an attack by Yugoslav MiG warplanes near the Albanian border. They also claim one Serb plane was downed, but that could not be independently confirmed.

_Russian envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin and senior Chinese leaders agree NATO must halt its bombing of Yugoslavia as a precondition for resolving the Kosovo crisis, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman says. But Chernomyrdin says he still supports a proposed solution to the Kosovo crisis by the seven major industrialized nations and Russia.

_The remains of three Chinese killed in NATO’s bombing of China’s embassy in Yugoslavia are returned to Beijing, along with 20 people wounded in the attack. Protests ebb and state television for the first time airs U.S. and NATO apologies for the attack.

_The Pentagon says China canceled a planned visit to Beijing next week by the head of the U.S. Marine Corps. In Washington, the defense attache at the Chinese Embassy scraps a tour of U.S. military bases. The freeze on military-to-military contacts is to last at least through May, Pentagon officials say.

_Human Rights Watch condemns the use of cluster bombs in the air campaign against Yugoslavia, saying they ``effectively turn into land mines.″

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