Pristina, 3 September 1998 (RFE/RL) - Reports from Serbia's Kosovo province say heavy fighting between Serb forces and independence-seeking ethnic Albanians broke out today. The Kosovo Information Center, closely linked to the ethnic Albanian
leadership, says Serb forces have launched fresh attacks in the area around
Orahovac, 55 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital Pristina. The center
also reports new attacks on four villages south of Klina, 50 kilometers from
Pristina, and in the border region near Prizren, where fighting erupted three
Serb sources say ethnic Albanian separatists attacked Serb police units
patrolling several main roads in the province.
None of the reports could be independently confirmed.
The renewed fighting comes as diplomats say they've worked out a possible basic
framework for peace. U.S. special envoy Christopher Hill said yesterday he'd
won agreement from Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and Kosovo Albanian
leader Ibrahim Rugova for an interim accord granting some self-rule to Kosovo's
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said from Vienna today that the
agreement is a good "procedural" step toward resolving the crisis in Kosovo.
Albright was in Vienna where she held talks with Austrian leaders on a variety
of topics ranging from Kosovo to Russia.
Austrian Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schuessel said there is a glimmer of hope
for Kosovo, but cautioned the crisis has not yet been resolved.