Kosovo Truce Sought by Security Council: Peace Resolution Adopted on 14-0 Vote
Pisik, Betsy, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council demanded a sweeping cease-fire in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo yesterday and insisted that all groups and governments cooperate fully with humanitarian relief agencies and diplomatic monitors.
In a 14-0 vote, with only China abstaining, the council adopted a British- and French-drafted resolution invoking Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which authorizes the council to use force to maintain international peace and security.
But the resolution does not expressly authorize NATO forces to block Serbian military offensives - a Russian requirement.
Although the document does not spell out specifics, it states that "the council would consider further action and additional measures to maintain or restore peace and stability in the region."
U.S. officials said they did not need permission for intervention, but at least one council member, Sweden, said military action would require additional authorization.
The resolution also requires the council to revisit the issue before any U.N. authorization of force is granted.
The 15-member council declared itself "gravely concerned" about the recent intense fighting in Kosovo and the indiscriminate use of force by Serbian security forces and the Yugoslav army.
Representatives of Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina yesterday said they were pleased with the council's actions.
U.S. Ambassador Peter Burleigh said the United States had allocated $31 million for humanitarian relief efforts for the region.
At the same time yesterday, Serbian forces continued their efforts to crush the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army. …