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Opposition leaders appear on state television

BELGRADE, Monday -- The leaders of the Democratic Opposition of Serbia appeared last night on the state television network pledging the preservation of the Serbia-Montenegro federation, the lifting of sanctions against the country and guaranteeing that state authorities would be replaceable in the future.

The president of the Democratic Party, Zoran Djindjic, said that Yugoslav citizens had no reason to believe that another four years of Milosevic would be any better than the past ten and appealed for them to cast their votes for opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica.

The co-president of New Serbia, Milan St. Protic told the state network's viewers that if the Democratic Opposition won the elections it would help to obtain a billion US dollars in assistance from the international community in the first year.

The president of the Movement for a Democratic Serbia, former Yugoslav Army chief of staff Momcilo Perisic appealed to the army to "mind its own business and avoid interfering in politics". He also called on all parties in the election to ensure that election procedures were regular and to accept the will of the people.

Source: B92

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