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Latest Developments in Kosovo

April 30, 1999

Latest developments relating to the Kosovo crisis:

_NATO jets blast the headquarters of the Yugoslav army and the federal interior ministry in the alliance’s strongest attack on the Yugoslav capital’s center. Also in Belgrade, witnesses and the Yugoslav media say the foreign ministry and a residential district were hit.

_The Rev. Jesse Jackson arrives in Belgrade on a mission to win freedom for three U.S. POWs held by Yugoslavia.

_NATO apologizes to Bulgaria after a missile fired by a NATO jet over Yugoslavia veered off course and struck a house in a suburb of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. It damaged the house but caused no injuries.

_Former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin meets with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and pushes a Russian peace plan for Yugoslavia. But he says the key precondition for peace remains a halt to NATO’s airstrikes, something the alliance has repeatedly refused.

_U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has talks with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who stressed the need for U.N. involvement.

_Yugoslavia files World Court cases against 10 alliance members, claiming their bombing campaign breaches international law.

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