Following the Racak massacre, international consultations have
intensified to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Kosovo,
NATO is increasing its military preparedness to back-up the demands
of the international community. NATO allies, as well as representatives
from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),
the European Union and the Contact Group (made up of France, Germany,
Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) are considering
a number of different options in support of efforts by the international
community to bring the Government of the Federal Yugoslav Republic
and the Kosovars to the negotiating table.
The NATO-Russian Permanent Joint Council reviews the deteriorating
situation in Kosovo and reaffirms their full support for the OSCE
verification mission. NATO and Russia call on all parties to end
the violence and open the path for a negotiated settlement.