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Yugoslavia: Primakov Claims 'Results' In Belgrade; NATO Intensifies Strikes

Belgrade/Brussels; 30 March 1999 (RFE/RL) - Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov says his peace mission to the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade, has brought "results," but won't yet say what has been achieved. Primakov held six hours of talks today with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Primakov is due in Bonn to brief German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on his efforts to halt the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia over the Kosovo crisis. Germany is the current holder of the European Union's rotating presidency. Moscow has strongly opposed the NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia, saying only diplomacy can solve the problems between Serbs and Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority.

Meanwhile, NATO says it is intensifying its air operations against Yugoslav army and police forces in Kosovo amid reports that Serbs are accelerating their attacks on Kosovo's ethnic Albanian population.

British Air Commodore David Wilby said NATO had begun operations "around the clock" to counter Serbian "ethnic cleansing" of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo. He said NATO actions will be aided by improving weather conditions. International aid agencies are preparing to rush supplies to thousands of refugees leaving Kosovo in what they say is a humanitarian crisis that is getting worse by the hour. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says nearly 90,000 people have fled Kosovo since the start of the NATO air strikes last week.