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Developments in Kosovo Crisis

June 1, 1999

Latest developments in the Kosovo crisis:

_ NATO jets attacking Kosovo fired across the border into Albania, hitting government bunkers, injuring a refugee and narrowly missing a group of foreign journalists as fighting raged between Serb and ethnic Albanian guerrillas.

_ Russian special envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari in Germany to assess prospects for a political settlement to the conflict. Chernomyrdin and Ahtisaari were expected in Belgrade on Wednesday for more talks with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

_ Yugoslavia renews its acceptance of the principles of the G-8 plan for peace, but it remains unclear whether Belgrade will sign off on Western demands for an armed military force with NATO as its core in Kosovo to police the peace agreement.

_ Military officials from more than 30 nations met in Belgium to draft plans for a 50,000-troop international security force in Kosovo that would ensure that ethnic Albanians can return to their homes safely. The Clinton Administration said NATO would not compromise on its demand that the alliance be ``at the core″ of the proposed force.

_ The Yugoslav military announced that air force deputy chief of staff, Gen. Ljubisa Velickovic, died while inspecting units in ``the first line of defense″ against NATO air attack. It was unclear whether the death was the result of a NATO attack.

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