The Latest On Kosovo

Allied bombs struck the high-rise holding the offices of Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic's ruling Socialist Party early Wednesday, the 29th day of attacks, as Serb and Albanian troops exchanged gunfire on the Yugoslav-Albanian border. The bombing instantly ignited the structure and knocked several TV and radio stations it housed off the air.

A nighttime raid in Novi Sad closed the cityÂ's last remaining bridge over the Danube River.Click here for our main story.

NATO officials expressed growing concern about Serb treatment of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. The U.N.'s refugee agency suggested the Serbs are in the final stage of their effort to oust ethnic Albanians from the region. While refugee camps are already crowded, NATO says it is better prepared than it was at the beginning of the conflict to handle the influx of refugees.

After weekend attacks in Novi Sad and around Belgrade, NATO said it had destroyed Yugoslavia's ability to refine oil. The U.S. is also pushing plans for a naval blockade against Yugoslavian ports.

The Pentagon is preparing to call up 33,000 reservists to join NATO's forces and keep the air war going. President Clinton is asking Congress for $6 billion in supplementary military funds. A recent CBS News poll finds that most Americans believe the conflict will continue for months.

In a rare interview with Milosevic, CBS News Houston affiliate KHOU-TV was told that the three American POWs captured March 31 near the Kosovo-Macedonia border were being treated well and in accordance with the Geneva Convention.

Former Russian Viktor Chernomyrdin is expected to fly to Belgrade Thursday to seek a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin has decried the NATO air strikes and has brought his country into a union with Belarus and Yugoslavia. A White House official tells CBS News Yeltsin told President Clinton during a telephone call Monday that he won't allow Russia to be drawn into the war in Kosovo, and Mr. Clinton told Yeltsin that the bombings are not about to stop. However, the White House describes the conversation as "constructive."

The Kosovo Liberation Army's political director said the safety of the Kosovar refugees is the group's main concern. Meanwhile, ethnic Albanians from as far away as America have volunteered to join the KLA's effort to win back autonomy for the province.

After Milosevic came to power in the 1980s, he took away Kosovo's self-rule, and began to push for Serbian domination of the mostly ethnic Albanian province.

Related Internet Links

CIA World Factbook -- Serbia and Montenegro
Published information about Serbia and Montenegro compiled by the CIA

Amnesty International 1998 Annual Report on Yugoslavia.
An analysis of the human-rights situation in Serbia.

U.S. Library of Congress Country Study

Global Beat
New York University provides information on the conflict in Kosovo.

Jane's Kosovo Special Feature
An analysis by the well-known international military affairs specialists.

Crisisweb on South Balkans
Information on Kosovo from Crisisweb.org


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