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Yugoslavia: Clinton, NATO's Solana Say No Options Ruled Out On Kosovo

Hong Kong, 3 July 1998 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. President Bill Clinton today reiterated that NATO has not ruled out any options in dealing with the conflict in Serbia's Kosovo province. In Berlin, NATO Secretary General Javier Solana said NATO is planning for all contingencies in case the international comunity needs support in Kosovo. But Solana says a political solution has to be found.

Clinton told reporters shorly before departing Hong Kong this evening the only way the conflict in Kosovo will ultimately be resolved is if the parties get together and work at negotiation and dialogue.

Clinton says the U.S. and its allies strongly support continuing NATO military planning on Kosovo.

In Kosovo meanwhile, Serb security forces, using tanks, launched an assault to recapture Kijevo at dawn today in a bid to break a two-week siege by ethnic Albanian insurgents.

Serb and ethnic Albanian news agencies say Serb forces have taken Kijevo. But Reuters quotes Serbian police at a nearby roadblock as denying Kijevo has fallen and insisting that shooting between Serb forces and the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) at Kijevo and nearby Komorane is continuing.

U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke after visiting Kijevo one week ago said the town is "the most dangerous place in Europe." He is due to meet in Belgrade this evening with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in the hope of arranging a cease-fire in Kosovo.