|Serbian opposition hails Greek government's support for democratic
forces Excerpts from report by Serbian news agency Beta
Athens/Belgrade, 22nd April: The representatives of the Serbian opposition
parties, the [Orthodox] Church, the diaspora and non-governmental organizations
have agreed today in Athens to form a council of democratic forces in Serbia,
Beta has been told by Democratic Party (DS) Deputy Chairman Zoran Zivkovic.
Zivkovic said in a telephone statement from Athens that the gathering
ended with the passing of a declaration. The main part of the declaration
is the formation of the council, the members of which will be the representatives
of the opposition parties, the diaspora, the student Resistance [Otpor]
movement, the G17 Plus non-governmental organization, the Serbs from Croatia
and the [Bosnian] Serb Republic.
The council will be chaired by Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic
and Serbian Patriarch Pavle, that is, their representatives, Zivkovic said.
He also conveyed his impressions from the talks with Greek Foreign Yeoryios
Papandreou saying that on the behalf of the Greek government Papandreou
expressed the wish to help the opposition in Serbia, the non-governmental
organizations and the return process of the Serbs to Kosovo and Croatia.
"For us it is very important that the Greek government so clearly showed
that it is extending full support to the democratic forces in Serbia,"
Papandreou received Alliance for Change coordinator Vladan Batic, DS
Chairman Zoran Djindjic, Nis Mayor Zoran Zivkovic, Christian Democratic
Party of Serbia Deputy Chairman Milorad Savicevic, Serb National Council
in Croatia Chairman Milorad Pupovac and representatives of the student
Vladan Batic added that "the very fact that Papandreou received us
is the best proof of the U-turn in the Greek government's policy, which
until now had no contacts with the Serbian opposition".
Yeoryios Papandreou told the opposition representatives that he saw
"a new vision of Serbia in the future, which Greece will support significantly
because it wants to have a certain amount of influence in the region,"
The Greek foreign minister "sees Kosovo as a part of Serbia, which
is something on which we insisted during the talks," Batic said. Papandreou
today also held separate talks with the representatives of the Serbs from
Source: Beta news agency, Belgrade, in Serbo-Croat 1801 gmt 22 Apr