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24 April, 2000
Serbian opposition leaders have issued a declaration in Athens saying they will tighten ranks in order to push for free national elections that could oust Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
The declaration, endorsed by representatives of different Serbian opposition groups and other officials, was released on Saturday at the end of a two-day conference hosted by Aleksandar Karadjordjevic, the son of Yugoslavia's last king before the royal family's expulsion.
The declaration calls for the creation of a council of democratic forces in Serbia that would unite separate opposition groups.
Proposed, as joint leaders of the council were Karadjordjevic and Patriarch Pavlos of Serbia.
The declaration also calls for free elections supervised by the world community, and for the establishment of a free market economy in the country.
Several delegates held talks with James Dobbins, special Balkan advisor to US President Bill Clinton. Dobbins attended the conference.
Source: Athens News Agency