THE OFFICE of
HRH Crown Prince Alexander sent yesterday the following to the President
of Yugoslavia Dr Vojislav Kostunica:
Esteemed Mr President
I congratulate you warmly on your outright and outstanding electoral victory that marks a great turning point in the political life and future of Serbia and Montenegro. One cannot forget that the electoral campaign was extremely difficult owing to the undemocratic restrictions of the regime. You have my full support and admiration.
The Democratic opposition’s (DOS) victory is an event of exceptional historical importance for the future our people, the country as well as for lasting peace in the Balkans and Europe. The confidence that people gave you and DOS in the elections showed their desire for change.
Though the electoral battle has clearly been won, the final victory has not yet been secured as the regime refuses to admit that people have beyond doubt voted for change. This is why it is vital for the Democratic opposition and all citizens of Yugoslavia remain steadfast and firmly united in their demand that the will of the people be honoured and the regime hand over power immediately. The handover must be carried out in a peaceful and dignified manner but, as you clearly said, there must not and cannot be any bargaining or haggling. The people have clearly expressed their will and the regime has no option but to relinquish power without any further delay. There can be no retreat from this demand since that would amount to a negation of the will of the people.
Tremendous responsibility rests on you and on all the Democratic
opposition leaders. Your mandate is to lead the country and people along
the correct path, the path of honour and true democracy in which the respect
for the law and human rights will become common rule and common practice.
Your task is terribly difficult, but I know you will be able to cope. You
will continue to have my full support in everything you do for the good
of all the people and for the recovery of the country,
My cordial greetings with best wishes.
London, 3 October 2000