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Yugoslavia: Serbs Pound Kosovo's Drenica Region; 20,000 Homeless

Pristina, 23 September 1998 (RFE/RL) -- Reports from Serbia's Kosovo province say Serb army and police units are continuing to pound ethnic Albanian villages in the central Drenica region. Details are sketchy, but both Serb and ethnic Albanian sources say heavy fighting is taking place in the region. The Kosovo Information Center, close the ethnic Albanian leadership, said eight villages were burned and 20,000 people were left homeless in fighting today and yesterday.

Serbian President Milan Milutinovic, meanwhile, is in Kosovo for meetings with Serb officials. Speaking in the town of Pec, where Serb troops last week routed rebels of the independence-seeking Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK), Milutinovic vowed Serbia would "fight on till the end."

In New York, the United Nations Security Council is expected today to consider a resolution that threatens Belgrade with "further action and measures" unless the violence stops. The resolution, which reportedly enjoys broad support, stops short of authorizing military action.