|ATHENS, Tuesday, April 25, 2000
Belgrade angered by Serb meeting
The Yugoslav Foreign Ministry yesterday issued a strongly worded complaint to the Greek ambassador in Belgrade, following the meeting by representatives of the Serb opposition that was held in Athens on Friday and Saturday. Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou met with members of the opposition groups and one of his top aides, Alex Rondos, addressed the meeting that had been called by Alexander Karadjordjevic, son of Serbia's last king.
When the Serb opposition groups had announced shortly after the Greek elections that they would be meeting "under the aegis of the Greek government in Athens," Belgrade had demanded an explanation. The Greek government offered assurances that it would not be involved, and the Yugoslav government called on Papandreou not to meet with the Serb dissidents.
On Friday, however, Rondos had addressed the gathering, in consultation with Papandreou, and announced that the Greek foreign minister would visit the Serb opposition representatives. But because of the reactions to this announcement, Papandreou canceled his visit to the coastal resort of Vouliagmeni and instead met with some of the Serbs at the Foreign Ministry on Saturday