Milosevic offers some autonomy


Guncat - The village of Guncat in central Kosovo is the end of the line, a refuge of last resort for thousands of ethnic Albanians driven from their homes by Serbian security forces who have them surrounded. Haunted by the memory of what happened to besieged populations in Bosnia when defenceless enclaves like Srebrenica were captured by Serb forces with a massive loss of civilian life, Guncak is begging for international intervention.

Yesterday the Yugoslav President, Mr Slobodan Milosevic, offered ethnic Albanian leaders in Kosovo an interim agreement providing for a degree of self-government in the troubled province, Tanjug news agency reported.

However, Mr Adem Demaci, spokesman for the ethnic Albanian rebels of the Kosovo Liberation Army, said there was "no chance" for talks with Belgrade until the Serb regime "halts its offensive" in the troubled province.