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MILOSEVIC: PROTESTS INITIATED FROM ABROAD

President of Serbia Slobodan Milosevic said in an extensive interview published in the Greek "To Vima" daily that the demonstrations in Serbia were initiated from abroad. He also announced that "problems related to the municipal elections" would be resolved "by the institutions of the Republic of Serbia." When asked if there was a possibility for the law recognizing the opposition victories to fail, Milosevic answered that he was an "optimist", while he only smiled and expressed his hopes that "everything will go on well," when responding to the objection that "such a way of verifying election results is a world's precedent." Milosevic also said that "the war in Bosnia could have been avoided," and described the war in former Yugoslavia as a consequence of "foreign interests involved in the region." "Simply speaking, I am against the war. Where I am the only person making decisions, there is no war," stressed Milosevic. The president of Serbia assessed that "the strong historical ties" existing between the Serbian and Greek peoples could not be jeopardized by the fact that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia had recognized Macedonia under that name. Milosevic also said that his wife, Mirjana Markovic, influenced him to a great extent; when asked to reveal one of his "concealed characteristics," he answered that it was his strong "sense of justice."

Copyright 1997 by Beta News Agency.

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