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Yugoslavia: Officials Agree On Measures Against Terrorists

Belgrade, 19 February 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica says top Yugoslav and Serbian officials have agreed to a series of measures to "protect against terrorism" in Kosovo and southern Serbia's Presevo Valley. Kostunica gave no details of the measures after meeting late last night in Belgrade with Yugoslav and Serbian government and security officials.

The meeting came after three Serb policemen were killed yesterday by a landmine in the buffer zone that separates Kosovo from the rest of Serbia. An ethnic Albanian man also was killed in the zone last night during a shootout with Serb police.

Kostunica said his government still wants to ease tensions in the Presevo Valley through dialogue.

NATO Secretary-General George Robertson says the problems of the region can only be settled through direct negotiations between the parties.

The ethnic Albanian rebels say they are fighting Serb repression of the substantial ethnic Albanian population in the Presevo Valley. Serb officials have called them terrorists whose only goal is to join the area to ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo.