I extend my warmest congratulations to Dr. Vojislav Kostunica and the Democratic Opposition of Serbia for having won the presidential, parliamentary and local elections against all the odds
The people have convincingly expressed the desire for change and for democracy.
I call upon Mr. Slobodan Milosevic to honour the will of the people who opted for change and not to prolong the agony of the nation.
I call upon Mr. Slobodan Milosevic to immediately and without delay hand over the presidency to Dr. Vojislav Kostunica and order his regime to relinquish power in a respectable and orderly manner.
I appeal to all the people of Serbia and Montenegro to put aside their differences and unite for the good of the nation regardless of their political background.
I ask that the Armed Forces fully respect and protect all citizens, and defend the demand for change.
There must be no revenge or conflict. All citizens must be vigilant, remain calm and not be provoked.
I request that the Democratic Opposition of Serbia work hard in doing everything possible to bridge the differences between all parties and set the course towards democratic reforms as soon as possible.
There must be no delay in getting on with the job of putting the
people’s welfare and future first. The task is a big one. It can and must
London 25 September 2000