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Developments in Kosovo

March 30, 1999

Developments related to Kosovo today:

_ In Brussels, NATO air commander David Wilby told a briefing: ``Serbian ethnic cleansing has reached new heights.″ NATO officials said the number of ethnic Albanians who have fled Kosovo in the last six days has grown to 118,000, and Pec, a city of 100,000 residents in western Kosovo, has been ``almost totally destroyed.″

_ In an interview broadcast on Israel’s Army Radio, a Yugoslav official for the first time acknowledged that atrocities by Yugoslav troops and Serb police in Kosovo may be occurring but said it is not ``a state strategy.″

_ In Yugoslavia, Western forces expanded attacks on Serb forces accused of forcing ethnic Albanians out of Kosovo.

_ In Washington, the Pentagon said it is sending five B-1 bombers and additional air defense-jamming planes and refueling tankers to Europe for intensified NATO airstrikes on Serb troops.

_ In Belgrade, Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov began discussions with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, seeking ``an immediate halt″ to NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia.

_ In Moscow, Russian President Boris Yeltsin said NATO’s airstrikes on Yugoslavia were a violation of international law but added that Russia would not allow itself to be drawn into the conflict militarily.

_ In Albania, tens of thousands of Kosovo Albanian refugees pouring into northern Albania have overwhelmed meager resources in an impoverished region of one of the world’s poorest countries.

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