Kosovo Talks Go Into Overtime

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RAMBOUILLET, FRANCE: It turns out NATO's line in the Balkan snow was more a suggestion, which means that, seven hours after Saturday's noon (6 a.m. ET) deadline had come and gone, negotiators were still talking, and about the only thing they could agree on was to keep at it until at least 3 p.m. local time Tuesday. So how close are we? It's still anybody's guess. This much is apparent: Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic remains the difference between a NATO occupation and a NATO war. "Most Serbs would accept NATO troops rather than face its bombs," says TIME Belgrade reporter Dejan Anastasijevic. "But only one man will make this decision -- and nobody here knows what Milosevic will do."

Special Report Nobody seems to know what NATO will do either -- except everything it can to avoid pulling the trigger. The U.S. military certainly has grave doubts about the mission. "Pentagon officials aren't sure that air strikes can change Milosevic's behavior," says TIME Pentagon correspondent Mark Thompson. "We're threatening to break a lot of his stuff, but what do we do if he decides to tough it out? The problem is that right now, Milosevic holds all the cards." Soon, he might even have to show them.

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