Hope on the Balkans
International reactions to Yugoslav elections
BERLIN, MOSCOW, LONDON, Monday -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said today that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had agreed in talks today that the people of Yugoslavia had voted for democratic change. Schroeder described the elections as being a factor for stabilisation of the Balkans. Putin gave no comment but indicated that he agreed with Schroeder at a press conference.
The deputy president of the Russian Duma, Aleksandar Lukin, called on the Yugoslav opposition to enter a dialogue with the authorities, saying that Moscow was prepared to contribute to that. Such a dialogue, said Lukin, was necessary in order to avoid conflict which could lead to the disintegration of the country.
British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the Labour Party annual conference today that all indications so far were that opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica had defeated Slobodan Milosevic.
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