|Bosnian Serb president meets Crown Prince of Yugoslavia
during London visit Excerpt from report by Bosnian Serb Television (Banja
Luka) on 8th May
The first day of [Bosnian] Serb Republic [RS] President Biljana Plavsic's official visit to Great Britain was filled with contacts with British government and parliamentary officials and could be characterized as a diplomatic offensive. The second day of her stay in London can be described as a promotion of the Serb Republic in the local media.
Before the interview the RS president gave to the most well-known local
media, she met His Royal Highness Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic. During
the meeting which lasted for several hours and was also recorded by Serb
Television cameras, Prince Karadjordjevic expressed unambiguous support
for the efforts of President Plavsic in fighting for a proper place in
the world for the Serb Republic. Furthermore, he expressed readiness to
contribute to those efforts himself so that the international community
accepts the Serbs as a party which supports peace and full implementation
of the Dayton peace agreement.
In an exclusive statement to Serb Radio-TV, the prince stressed the readiness of President Plavsic to place the interest of the Serb people above everything else and admitted that she was already noted for that among all the Serbs. Openly rejoicing about the meeting with Prince Karadjordjevic, RS President Biljana Plavsic reiterated her position on the monarchy and said she would like to see the Serb royal dynasty take its appropriate position among the Serbs. According to President Plavsic, that would be a step towards the Serb tradition and benefit the Serb Republic and the Serb people in general.
After this meeting, the RS president gave many interviews scheduled through a Foreign Office protocol. We single out her statements to BBC radio, programmes in the Serb and English languages, in which Mrs Plavsic confirmed the determination of the Serb Republic to implement the Dayton Agreement which, as she has said many times before, provides a good framework for the survival of the Serb Republic. Commenting on the situation in Kosovo-Metohija, she said this was an internal matter of Serbia but that the mediation of the international community and Felipe Gonzalez's mediating mission had to be accepted. If they are not accepted, stated the RS president in the interview for BBC, we can expect retaliatory measures by the international community in the form of new sanctions that would hurt most those who are not supposed to be punished, i.e. ordinary people...