Saturday 22 April 2000
1) General demands indicate that the time for democracy in Serbia
We wholeheartedly support the struggle of the Church and the Serbian National Council of Kosovo and Metohia for the rights of Serbs in those holy territories as an example of moral courage and political wisdom which shows the path to survival and the return of exiles.
3) After the elections, the democratic
administration in Serbia and Yugoslavia must rest on the foundations
of a constitution and a parliamentary system which ensures the same
rights and equality before Law to all citizens.
The rights of any individual can be neither restricted nor withheld, or
placed outside and above Law.
5) A genuine choice of the future - in the process of basic democratic reforms - presupposes: a radical psychological-moral and cultural rebirth of the Serbian people and their spiritual unity; a sobering up of the spirit of both the national community and each individual; full civic responsibility for the common good; goodwill and getting used to each other; and mutual toleration. Political freedoms cannot be either achieved or made sense of in an uneducated, impoverished and neglected people. Without healing the spirit of the people and without a clear and critical perception of oneself, there can be no worthy and secure future. Those responsible for the suffering and for defeats of the nation should be brought to face justice, but justice knows no vindictiveness. The rule of law, common sense and enlightenment must serve as the basis of civic security in a democratic, constitutional Serbia of the new century and the new millennium.
6) Civic rights and freedoms in tomorrow’s Serbia will be founded on: the general right to education; freedom of creativity and science; independent public opinion and responsible public speech; unimpeded flow of information; right to responsible criticism of public figures and public institutions and the right to personal initiative; broad exchange of ideas and goods; and social and health services.
7) Following the agreement between the opposition parties of 10 January 2000 and the big rally [in Belgrade] of 14 April 2000, as a further stimulus to the unity of the opposition, the Athens conference has put forward a proposal for the setting up of a Council of Democratic Forces of Serbia. The Council would consist of representatives of political parties and political opposition coalitions, students, the Diaspora and the Group 17 Plus. It was proposed that the Council would be chaired by HRH Crown Prince Alexander and His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Pavle, or their authorised representatives. The Council would take decisions of strategic importance for the action of the united opposition and would agree in advance that the final harmonisation of its decisions will be carried out by the Council chairmen.