|ATHENS, Monday, April 24, 2000
Serb opposition calls for unity
A conference in Athens of Serbian opposition groups hosted by the son of Yugoslavia's last king ended on Saturday with the issuing of a declaration calling for a united front against president Slobodan Milosevic.
The declaration said a council of Serbia's "democratic forces" should unite all the democratic opposition under Alexander Karadjordjevic, heir of the exiled king of Yugoslavia.
Opposition groups also called for free elections to be held under the supervision of the "international community," and voiced support for the struggle of the Orthodox church and the Serbian National Council of Kosovo to secure the rights of the few remaining Serbs in the NATO-occupied Yugoslav province. The declaration added that those responsible for the woes and defeats of the Serbian people should be brought to trial.
On Saturday, Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou met a committee of Kosovo Serbs including Orthodox Bishop Artemije. He told them that Greece wants to help international efforts to return the Kosovo Serbs to their homes, and promised assistance with recording and repairing damage to Orthodox monuments in the province.
Papandreou also pledged Greek help in setting up Internet cafes in Kosovo, and said Athens would set up a radio station for the benefit of the Kosovo Serbs. Later, Papandreou met Serbian opposition leader Goran Djindjic.