Backed by Washington, Britain calls for urgent Kosovo meeting

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Backed by the United States, Britain on Wednesday called an emergency meeting of the Security Council to denounce the latest massacre of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. NATO proceeded with final preparations for airstrikes against Serb forces.
Informal consultations on Kosovo were scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook warned that NATO airstrikes could follow Annan’s report, which is a regular 30-day update that was expected late this week or early next week.
Cook also called for a meeting in London Friday of the six countries represented in the so-called Contact Group on Yugoslavia: the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Russia. He said the meeting was for the purpose of finding a “way forward on a political settlement” for Kosovo.
At NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, the alliance proceeded Wednesday with preparations for airstrikes against Serb forces in Kosovo. The preparations are almost complete, NATO officials said.