War In The Balkans: `100,000 Albanian men are missing'


Phil Davison
Sunday 16 May 1999 23:02

UP TO 100,000 ethnic Albanian men in Kosovo of fighting age have vanished and may have been killed by Serbian forces, the US Defense Secretary William Cohen said last night.

"We've now seen about 100,000 military-aged men missing ... They may have been murdered," Mr Cohen said on CBS television.

Refugees leaving Kosovo have told relief workers of Serb troops separating men from women and children and not allowing them to cross the border, presumably to try to stop them from joining the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Mr Cohen said he had already received reports that up to 4,600 Kosovo men have been executed. "But I suspect it's far higher than that."

Serbian forces have so far displaced 1.5 million ethnic Albanian men, women and children in Kosovo, he said.

Aid workers in Macedonia said about 600 Kosovo refugees had entered the country yesterday and 300 on Saturday, as numbers continued to rise after a 10-day pause. The aid workers said their arrival might herald the start of a new exodus, similar to the days in April and early May.

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