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Air strikes against Serb forces loomed last night as they continued attacks on unarmed villages.

Heavily-armed special forces were still moving towards flash-point areas despite a four- hour patrol by 84 Western planes on the borders of Kosovo.

The West want Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic to halt the massacre he has launched against civilians in the province to crush their calls for independence.

Last night, NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana said: "NATO is preparing to go further if required to halt the violence and protect the civilian populations."

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan claimed "another Bosnia" seemed to be in the making.

He added: "Already the shellings, the ethnic cleansings, the indis- criminate attacks on civilians in the name of security are taking place.

"I encourage all steps that may deter the further use of ethnically-driven violence in Kosovo. It is in our hands now."

Britain's Foreign Secretary Robin Cook also called on Milosevic to withdraw his troops.

He said: "He has got to stop the violence now and get back to the negotiating table.

"There is no future deadline. He has to act now."

But despite the war of words, Milosevic has so far showed no sign of backing down.

Yesterday, he flew to Moscow for a meeting with long-time ally President Boris Yeltsin.

The West hope the Russian leader will persuade the Serb chief to halt the bloodbath.
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Author:Dowdney, Mark
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 16, 1998
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