NATO commanders and their Yugoslav counterparts are meeting to work out an agreement to allow international forces into Kosovo following today's diplomatic breakthrough in the Kosovo crisis. A NATO spokesman said that the meeting is expected to result in the signing of what he called a military technical agreement on the withdrawal of Serb forces from Kosovo.

In New York, the United Nations Security Council has begun considering a draft agreement allowing for the withdrawal of Serb forces from Kosovo and the entry of an international force to implement the peace agreement and oversee the return of refugees. The draft UN agreement was worked out during talks in Cologne between the G8 group of countries. The whole diplomatic process is expected to take a couple of days.

Earlier today NATO and the Russian Government voiced their satisfaction at today's draft. Speaking in Brussels, the alliance's spokesman, Jamie Shea, warmly welcomed the agreement, but warned that the air offensive against Yugoslavia would continue until there was a complete and verifiable withdrawal of Serb forces from the province. NATO continued attacking targets across Yugoslavia overnight. Several explosions were heard in the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade, for the first time in four days. Reports said that an oil refinery in the industrial zone of Pancevo, to the northeast of Belgrade, was bombed. A major refinery in the northern city of Novi Sad was also attacked. The official Yugoslav news agency said that one civilian was killed and five others were wounded in the attack. Heavy bombing of Kosovo was also reported.

In Moscow, President Boris Yeltsin also expressed satisfaction with the draft. Details were discussed in a brief telephone conversation between the US President, Bill Clinton, and Mr Yeltsin.