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Yugoslavia: U.S. Envoy Arrives In Kosovo

Pristina, 10 August 1998 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. envoy Christopher Hill has arrived in Pristina, capital of the southern Serbian province of Kosovo, in a bid to push the peace process forward. There was no immediate word on Hill's agenda. The U.S. envoy arrived in Kosovo as reports from both the ethnic Albanian Kosovars and Serbian forces spoke of continued skirmishes at several locations.

The pro-Serb media center said three Albanian fighters (UCK) were killed today in a clash with Serb police in the village of Dura, about 40 kilometers south of Pristina. Serb sources also announced today that three Serbian policemen were killed yesterday in clashes with Kosovo separatists.

Meanwhile, the ethnic Albanian's Kosovo Information Center said one Albanian was killed by a sniper in Suva Reka, southwest of Pristina earlier today.

None of the reports could be independently confirmed.

Russia today reiterated its opposition to military intervention. Foreign Ministry spokesman Valery Nesterushkin told AFP that according to Moscow, the diplomatic channels have not yet been exhausted and that talk about the possible use of force "encourages extremists to toughen their stance."