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Yugoslavia: NATO Continues Air Strikes


Belgrade, 21 May 1999 (RFE/RL) - NATO launched more air strikes against Yugoslavia late yesterday after the U.S. and British leaders insisted Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic must meet NATO demands over Kosovo. Reports said a NATO attack on fuel depots in Belgrade also blew out windows at the nearby residence of the Swiss ambassador, who was hosting a reception. No casualties were reported at the Swiss residence. In Moscow, Russia's Balkan envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin met U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, the European Union's Kosovo envoy. No progress was reported after talks ended early today, but the three leaders promised to continue meeting.

In Washington, President Bill Clinton said NATO's resolve was not weakening and declared the alliance's fundamental demands for stopping the bombing were not negotiable. The U.S. Congress, meanwhile, approved a $15 billion spending bill to fund the Kosovo military campaign.

Also in Washington, visiting British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook called for preparations for a Balkan force to ensure the safe return of Kosovo refugees.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana agreed at a meeting in London to press on with the air campaign until all alliance demands are met.
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